SEATTLE -- Catcher Tomas Telis, called up from Triple-A Round Rock, went right into the lineup on Monday night, getting his first Major League start against the Mariners.
"It's a dream come true since I was a boy," Telis said. "It has been a long time, seven years as a Minor Leaguer."
Telis was called up after the Rangers traded Geovany Soto to the Athletics and Chris Gimenez to the Indians over the weekend. Manager Ron Washington said Telis and Robinson Chirinos will share the catching duties for the remainder of the season with J.P. Arencibia available in an emergency.
"We haven't really sat down to see how it will all play out but both will play," Washington said.
Telis has been overshadowed as a catcher in his Minor League career by Jorge Alfaro, who is considered one of the Rangers top overall prospects. But Telis has always been considered to have substantial offensive potential, and his defensive game has made significant progress since he underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in 2010.
"The best thing he does is his throwing," said Hector Ortiz, the Rangers' Minor League catching coordinator. "He has very quick feet and a strong arm. His blocking is good. His receiving in the past had some issues but [lately] it has been very good. He is not the best receiver in the world but he gets it done."
Telis, a switch-hitter, hit .318 with 23 doubles, five home runs and 50 RBIs over 106 games between Double-A Frisco and Round Rock this season. He was hitting .345 in 36 games at Round Rock.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.