Geovany Soto is hoping to return to the Texas Rangers after the all-star break. The projected starting catcher has been on the disabled list all season after needing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee suffered during a Cactus League game in Arizona.
Now, he's out on a rehab assignment but was struggling at Triple-A Round Rock. So Soto was shifted to Double-A Frisco to continue his assignment. So far, he's hitting .053 with eight strikeouts on his rehab, including a hitless stint in Round Rock in 16 at-bats. He's 1-for-3 with a strikeout in his one game in Frisco.
Soto might not be guaranteed anything upon his return to Arlington, as Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez have filled in a plenty admirable way behind the plate. Chirinos, in fact, is throwing out would-be base-stealers at a league-best clip and is near the top of the heap in terms of homers by Rangers. Gimenez has provided solid play in his backup role, as well.
The Rangers have said Soto will play when he's ready, but it'll be interesting to see how the timeshare goes, especially with Chirinos.