Weather forces late arrival for callup Chirinos

HOUSTON -- Catcher Robinson Chirinos, called up from Triple-A Round Rock, was expected to be at Minute Maid Park for Friday's game with the Astros, but it hasn't been easy. Bad weather in Houston cancelled two flights from Las Vegas. So Chirinos was re-routed to Dallas and driven to Houston by two Rangers officials. They left Dallas at 2 p.m. CT, and traffic in Houston is always bad in the evenings. Chirinos arrived at the park at 6:15 p.m., less than an hour before first pitch.

Chirinos was called up to be the Rangers' backup catcher while A.J. Pierzynski is on the disabled list. Chirinos was hitting .295 (23-for-78) with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 23 games with Round Rock. He can also play first and third base if needed, but the Rangers aren't expecting to use him there.

"He's a good receiver -- catch-and-throw guy," manager Ron Washington said. "Good power to the opposite field. He gives you a good at-bat."

Chirinos was acquired from the Rays for cash considerations on April 8. He did not play in 2012 after suffering a concussion in Spring Training when a foul tip struck his mask. He played 20 games for the Rays in 2011 after being acquired from the Cubs as part of a deal for pitcher Matt Garza.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.