Teagarden OK with riding Round Rock shuttle

Teagarden OK with riding Round Rock shuttle

TORONTO -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden is having his best offensive season in the Minor Leagues since he hit .310 with a .586 slugging percentage in 2007. Teagarden was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday with a .281 batting average and a .578 slugging percentage.

But Teagarden has been up and down from Triple-A all season. This marked the fourth time he has been called up and the question is if all the promotions and demotions are impacting his offensive progress.

He was last sent down on July 3 and was hitting .211 with a .316 slugging percentage in his last 10 games.

"After I got sent down in May, I was on fire," Teagarden said. "So I don't think it has been a distraction. It hasn't crossed my mind. It's nice to be in there all the time but I would never trade a big league callup for not being disrupted in the Minor Leagues. I didn't hit as well as I wanted to the last time I got sent down, but that's just part of the season. You hit highs and lows and you just have to figure it out."

Teagarden, going into Friday's game, was hitting .269 (7-for-26) in his short time with the Rangers. He hit .230 with a .350 on-base percentage at Triple-A last season.