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.
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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.