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04/24/08 7:15 PM ET

Saltalamacchia could return to Rangers

Definite answer will be made after evaluation of Melhuse

DETROIT -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia could join the Rangers as soon as Friday night in Arlington.

General manager Jon Daniels said it is a "distinct" possibility" that Saltalamacchia could be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma after backup catcher Adam Melhuse suffered a bruised right hand in the Rangers' 8-2 loss to the Tigers on Thursday.

Melhuse was hit by a pitch in the dirt and had X-rays after the game. He'll be evaluated on Friday in Arlington.

"We'll know more [Friday]," Daniels said.

Saltalamacchia, a switch-hitter, is hitting .291 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 15 games for Oklahoma. Melhuse is 4-for-20 with one RBI in 11 strikeouts in eight games played.

The Rangers are also discussing who will be their starting pitcher on Saturday. Daniels said it will likely be either Scott Feldman or Sidney Ponson.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.