Soto getting familiar with Rangers' pitching staff

Soto getting familiar with Rangers' pitching staff

ARLINGTON -- Geovany Soto has had the chance to catch most of the Rangers' pitchers at least in the bullpen since being traded to Texas from the Cubs at the July 31 Trade Deadline.

Soto said before Saturday's game against the Tigers that he is trying to get as comfortable as he can with what is currently a 13-man staff. Things are even more rushed now with Mike Napoli on the disabled list and Soto expected to get the majority of the starts.

"Obviously it's been a little bit different," Soto said. "They have a good idea of how they want to pitch. They are solid pitchers. I've been going down to the bullpen and catching the guys."

Soto has caught a bullpen for Yu Darvish, who might be the most difficult pitcher to learn with his vast array of breaking balls. Darvish, who has struggled with his command of late, will start Sunday against the Tigers.

On the whole, Soto, known for his receiving ability, has fit in well, manager Ron Washington said.

"We haven't missed a beat when he's been back there," Washington said. "We wanted him to catch a bullpen before catching Darvish. He has to go through that. We're comfortable knowing he can handle it."