Soto spells Napoli; Torrealba put on release waivers

Soto spells Napoli; Torrealba put on release waivers

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli was out of the Rangers' lineup for a second consecutive game on Wednesday because of soreness in his left quad muscle. Geovany Soto spelled him behind the plate, as he did on Tuesday.

Texas also announced that catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been placed on release waivers. Teams have 48 hours to claim him; otherwise, he will be released on Friday and become a free agent. Torrealba was designated for assignment last week after the Rangers acquired Soto from the Cubs.

Soto was in the lineup Wednesday for the fifth time since being acquired from the Cubs. He entered 3-for-14 with three walks, four runs scored and two RBIs in his first four starts. His hit-and-run single in the seventh inning against Red Sox starter Jon Lester was one of the big hits in the Rangers' 6-3 victory on Tuesday.

"He plays with a lot of energy," manager Ron Washington said. "He's a good receiver, and he's got a true baseball when he throws down to second base. His throws don't run or sink, they stay on a true line. His forte, what we were told when we got him, is that his sole interest is getting his pitchers through their innings, and he's done that."

Washington said he doesn't have a specfic plan for how he'll use his catchers, but it's apparent that Soto will likely play more frequently than Torrealba did when he was Napoli's backup.

"He will play," Washington said of Soto. "I won't hesitate to put him in the lineup."