Gimenez could stay when Soto returns

Gimenez could stay when Soto returns

NEW YORK -- Catcher Geovany Soto began his rehab assignment on Friday, catching five innings for Triple-A Round Rock and going 0-for-2. Soto, who had surgery on his right knee at the end of Spring Training, is hoping to return right after the All-Star break.

Right now Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez are sharing the catching duties. Chirinos is the No. 1 catcher, but that doesn't mean Gimenez will be cut loose when Soto returns, as manager Ron Washington said that Gimenez could fill a role as a right-handed-hitting first baseman and designated hitter. He can also play the outfield if needed.

"Gimenez can do a lot of different things," Washington said. "It's not automatic he is going to be the odd man out."

The Rangers are carrying two right-handed utility infielders -- Donnie Murphy and Adam Rosales. They have also been staying with struggling outfielder Michael Choice, who went into Saturday's game hitless in his last 14 at-bats and batting .173.

Washington said that sending Choice to the Minor Leagues hasn't been a topic of conversation.

"We are not at that point yet," he said. "We are going to keep running him out there and see if he can make the adjustments."

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.