Teagarden absent from lineup again

Teagarden absent from lineup again

CLEVELAND -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden was out of the lineup for a second successive day while battling the effects of the stomach flu.

With Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the disabled list with stiffness in his upper back and left shoulder, Matt Treanor made his third start for the Rangers on Thursday. Teagarden could be ready to play on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, but manager Ron Washington will have no problem going back to Treanor if needed.

"He calls a good game, he's blocking balls and he's giving us good at-bats," Washington said. "You can tell he is a veteran. When he and the pitcher are not on the same program, he goes out there and gets it straightened out."

Treanor was also 4-for-9 going into Thursday's game, while Teagarden is 0-for-14. But Washington insisted that Teagarden will be the No. 1 catcher again once he's over his food poisoning.

Last year, Teagarden was supposed to be the Rangers' catcher down the stretch when Saltalamacchia first went on the disabled list with shoulder problems in mid-August. Texas also acquired Ivan Rodriguez to be Teagarden's backup. But it didn't take long for Rodriguez to take over as the No. 1 guy as long as the Rangers were in the race.

Washington said that's not going to be the case this time.

"When Teagarden is back, he'll do his catching," Washington said.