|Pudge may soon return to Rangers|
Written by At Home Plate Staff (Contact & Archive) on August 18, 2009
Ivan Rodriguez may soon be re-joining the Rangers, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Ivan Rodriguez is returning to the Rangers to be a backup catcher.
The Rangers are in the process of completing a trade with the Houston Astros to reacquire the 14-time All-Star catcher for two Minor League players, according to a source close to the situation. A deal is expected to be announced as early as Tuesday.
Rodriguez, 37, a 13-time Gold Glove winner, has been told that Taylor Teagarden will remain the Rangers' No. 1 catcher. The Rangers have been looking for a catcher after Jarrod Saltalamacchia went on the disabled list with a sore right arm. Saltalamacchia could be out for the remainder of the season.
Rodriguez, 37, is hitting .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 93 games and 344 plate appearances for the Astros.
This may mean Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who the Rangers had planned to be their everyday catcher, is out for the season with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and that Kevin Richardson, their current backup catcher, may be heading to the Minor Leagues one day after getting his first Major League hit in his Major League debut.