ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added flexibility to their offense Wednesday, recalling catcher Taylor Teagarden and, in turn, freeing up Mike Napoli to get more time at designated hitter.The Rangers also recalled right-hander Brett Tomko, placing right-handed reliever Mason Tobin on the 60-day disabled list and optioning left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman to Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers had been handcuffed since trading catcher Matt Treanor during Spring Training, but Teagarden's arrival should cure that. Manager Ron Washington had to deal with the concern of losing his designated hitter if Napoli was the DH and Yorvit Torrealba was injured catching during a game. Torrealba will remain as the primary catcher, and Washington said Napoli will catch more often than Teagarden. The 27-year-old Teagarden has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Rangers. In 104 big league games, he's fashioned a .218 average with 16 homers and 47 RBIs. He was 7-for-18 (.389) with two homers and four RBIs in six games with Round Rock. "I really have played well defensively since the spring and I've been getting some knocks," Teagarden said.
Webb makes strides in recent session
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Brandon Webb faced live hitters two days ahead of schedule Wednesday, and said he saw some improvement, especially in his final 20 pitches.Webb threw 60 pitches during early batting practice and said he was at his best after taking a two-minute break after his first 40 deliveries. He could be close to going to Arizona to pitch in extended spring training -- the Rangers were still debating whether he should throw one more time in Texas. "It was OK," Webb said. "I wouldn't say it was unbelievable, but definitely better than last time." Webb, who used all of his pitches, said he is still struggling with command. He said there were times when his velocity was close to where he wanted it. Webb threw a bullpen at Yankee Stadium last weekend, and he threw to a few hitters a couple of weeks ago. "I thought it was better than the last time out there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He made some good pitches with his breaking ball and with his changeup. He's still searching for consistency. He'll throw one there and then two or three won't be there. But I saw a freeness. I saw the ball come out of his hand better. He had some good sink."
Round Rock's Hurley released from hospital
ARLINGTON -- Triple-A Round Rock pitcher Eric Hurley was released from a New Orleans hospital on Wednesday, two days after he was hit above the right temple by a line drive in a game for the Express.Hurley suffered a moderate concussion and a small fracture above the right temple. He was hit on the fourth pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Hurley won't be able to travel until the end of the week as he deals with the concussion. When he returns to Texas, he will undergo further evaluation before the Rangers decide when he can resume baseball activities. Hurley was making his second start of the season after missing the 2009 and '10 seasons because of right shoulder surgery and three wrist surgeries.
Wilson's charity bowling event is Thursday
ARLINGTON -- Rangers ace C.J. Wilson's third annual "Strike Out" bowling tournament to benefit patients of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth will take place Thursday night.
The event starts at 6 p.m. CT at the Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge, 401 Curtis Mathes Way, in Arlington Highlands Shopping Center at Interstate 20 and Matlock.The event's festivities includes dining, bowling, prizes for top bowling scores, dancing to the sounds of Wilson in the DJ booth and a raffle. NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and several Rangers players will be in attendance.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.