Rangers searching for offense from catchers

Rangers searching for offense from catchers

SEATTLE -- Rangers catchers are still searching for the offensive level they reached in 2011. Last year, they hit a combined .299 with a .500 slugging percentage and an .854 OPS, all the highest for their position in the American League.

They went into Wednesday's game with the Mariners hitting .239 with a .687 OPS, both the ninth best in the AL. They were 10th with a .359 slugging percentage.

Mike Napoli, who was off on Wednesday, is hitting .205 with a .274 slugging percentage, no home runs and four RBIs in his last 22 games. He has struck out 28 times in his last 73 at-bats.

Yorvit Torrealba, who made his 11th start behind the plate on Wednesday, went into the game hitting .161 (5-for-31) in his last 11 games with no home runs and one RBI. He had a .257 on-base percentage and a .226 slugging percentage.

"Time, give them time," manager Ron Washington said. "Napoli had a good month of April and has struggled in the month of May. He has a track record. When you're not doing one thing, you're doing another. He may not be swinging the bat well, but he's doing a good job working our pitching staff. Same with Torrealba.

"Sometimes when you're in a funk, it takes time. You got to keep battling. The only way you're going to get out of the funk is keep getting at-bats."