Rangers prefer another reliever over catcher

Rangers prefer another reliever over catcher

Rangers prefer another reliever over catcher
ARLINGTON -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden was sent down because the Rangers wanted an extra reliever in the bullpen. That's why they recalled reliever Darren O'Day, giving the Rangers an extra reliever in the bullpen.

Long reliever Scott Feldman was used for 4 2/3 innings on Sunday and manager Ron Washington is still reluctant to use him right now.

"It's obvious we need some pitching," manager Ron Washington said. "Feldman threw close to 90 pitches the other day, and we really don't have any length. We're certainly not interested in hurting Feldman."

Still, Washington said that situation could change if Matt Harrison, Wednesday's starter, throws deep into the game. If so, the Rangers may yet make another move and bring up another catcher.

"Right now, we just want to see if we can get through today," Washington said. "If we get through today, we might decide something. If we don't get through today, it will stay the same, but we'll see."

Teagarden can't be recalled for 10 days, unless he replaces an injured player. But the Rangers have other catching options at Triple-A. Kevin Cash, who has experience in the Majors, had been starting at Round Rock, along with Robinzon Diaz. If the Rangers were to call up Cash or Diaz, they would have to open a spot on the 40-man roster.