OAKLAND -- Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate on Saturday for the third straight game. On Sunday, manager Ron Washington will use him at designated hitter. It will be his sixth start at DH, something he had only done once in his career prior to this season.
But with third baseman Adrian Beltre on the disabled list and Taylor Teagarden available as the third catcher, Washington has settled into a routine of having Torrealba and Mike Napoli shuttle between catcher and DH.
"I just think both have gotten hot and are swinging the bat well," Washington said. "The fact that we have an opening at DH keeps them both engaged."
Torrealba took a 10-game hitting streak into Saturday's game and is hitting .439 (18-for-41) in his last 14 games. Napoli is hitting .375 in his last 15 games.
Because of their production, Rangers catchers are hitting .289 with a .464 slugging percentage. That's the highest in both categories from a team's catchers in the American League. They are also the highest for Rangers catchers since 2002, which was Ivan Rodriguez's last full season with the team.
Rangers catchers had a .212 batting average and .317 slugging percentage last season. That's why they signed Torrealba as a free agent and acquired Napoli from the Blue Jays in a trade for reliever Frank Francisco.
"Those two guys give us a lot of experience," Washington said. "Both have a track record, offensively. The last few years, we have been dealing with so many young guys. We were trying to get them involved with everything that entails catching and get their career going."