Washington may re-work designated hitter shuttle

Washington may re-work designated hitter shuttle

ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington said he will have to re-think the way he uses his designated hitter now that third-string catcher Taylor Teagarden has been optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock.

With Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list and Michael Young playing third base regularly, Washington had been shuttling Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba between catcher and designated hitter. Washington admitted that having Teagarden in reserve allowed him to do that.

But on Wednesday, Torrealba was not in the lineup for only the fourth time in 24 games since July 28. Napoli was in the lineup at catcher and has not missed a game since July 28. Prior to Wednesday, he has started 10 games at catcher, 10 games at designated hitter and four at first base.

Washington said until the Rangers get a third catcher back, he could rotate hitters among other position players.

"I've got [Ian] Kinsler there today, might get Mike [Young] there tomorrow," Washington said. "We'll get Hamilton there one day."