Saltalamacchia wielding hot bat at Triple-A

Saltalamacchia wielding hot bat at Triple-A

OAKLAND -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as of Wednesday morning, has an 11-game hitting streak going at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He's going to get a chance to extend that hitting streak before he gets called up to the Major Leagues.

Saltalamacchia, while recovering from back and shoulder problems, was activated off the disabled list on April 27 and optioned to Oklahoma City. Once optioned, the rules require him to stay a minimum of 10 days in the Minors.

That 10-day period expires on Friday, but general manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers have no plans to call him up immediately.

"He's working on some things," Daniels said. "He feels fine, he's swinging the bat well and he's receiving the bat well. Coming back from injury, he's throwing from a lower arm slot and he's doing some drills to get back on top of the ball."

Saltalamacchia had shoulder surgery last September and has had a number of setbacks since then during the offseason and Spring Training. He was the Rangers' Opening Day catcher but went on the disabled list after the second game because of stiffness in his upper left shoulder and neck.

The Rangers wanted him 100 percent healthy with no doubts before bringing him back. Right now Saltalamacchia is having no physical issues but the Rangers aren't ready to bring him back to the Majors.

"We don't have any moves planned right now," Daniels said.

Matt Treanor has taken over as the Rangers' starting catcher and Max Ramirez is his backup. Ramirez started on Wednesday, but the Rangers had won seven straight starts with Treanor behind the plate before their 7-6 loss on Tuesday night.

"We couldn't be happier with the job that Matt Treanor has done," Daniels said. "You talk about a guy who has come in and seized an opportunity and run with it. There aren't many Mike Piazzas and Joe Mauers out there so [manager Ron Washington] wants a guy who can handle a pitching staff and manage a game. Matt has done exactly that."