One thing about this spring training is that the injury bug has caught up to almost every team.
Today things got worse for the Rangers when it was found out that catcher Geovany Soto would miss the next three months with a torn meniscus.
Soto left Sunday’s game with a sore right knee, as an odd scene unfolded during the second inning. Soto grabbed his right leg and needed help standing up. He missed the first half of camp after undergoing surgery to remove a small bone in his left foot, but has been expected to be in the Opening Day lineup.
The former Chicago Cub has fallen on hard times as of late and is coming off a season in which he only .245 in only 54 games played as A.J. Pierznyski’s backup last season.
Arencibia has a current ADP of 316 and that should likely increase as he will be the likely starter. However he is once again struggling at the plate this spring and other than the ability to hit 20-plus homers, he will kill you in other areas.
Chirinos is a bit more intriguing though.
Before the injury to Soto, Arancibia figured to be a lock to win the backup job, but he has done nothing to seize the opportunity.
Chirinos has been a different story as he has been tearing the cover off the ball this spring and had a chance to win a bench job regardless.
The 28-year old has been one of the hottest hitters this spring, batting .435 with one home run and five RBIs in 13 Cactus League games. Arencibia is coming off a poor season at the plate and has struggled this spring, batting .184 with a .205 on-base percentage going into Saturday’s game.
Chirinos hasn’t been drafted in many leagues, but if you are looking for a sleeper on the waiver wire to target behind the plate, he could be a solid option as if Arencibia struggles to start the season, it may not be long before Rangers’ manager Ron Washington gives Chirinos a long look.