SURPRISE, Ariz. – Texas catcher Geovany Soto has a tear in his right knee that will sideline him from 10 to 12 weeks, the latest injury setback for the Rangers.
Soto’s knee locked up and forced the 31-year-old to leave an exhibition game against San Diego in the second inning Sunday. He is to have surgery Wednesday to repair torn cartilage.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Soto said. “I feel devastated, but it’s something I can’t control.”
On Sunday, Rangers officials announced second baseman Jurickson Profar, 21, would miss at least 10 weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.
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“We’ve lost two everyday players and there is no way to sugarcoat that,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. “It is what it is. We’ll look towards our depth and see where we go from here.”
J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos are Texas’ top candidates at catcher.
Reserve outfielder Engel Beltre will start the season on the disabled list with a fractured right shin, team officials said.
Braves cut Garcia, sign Harang
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Atlanta released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves’ battered rotation, and signed right-hander Aaron Harang.
Garcia, 37, and Harang, 35, are former Mariners.
Braves officials announced Garcia’s release on the deadline for him to be put on the major-league roster — which would have triggered a $1.25 million guaranteed salary.
“They said they didn’t want to pick it up. I have to go,” Garcia said.
With pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the season, and Mike Minor on the disabled list through at least mid-April, the Braves signed Harang to a one-year deal.
Harang was released from a minor-league contract by Cleveland earlier Monday after going 2-0 with a 2.00 earned-run average in nine innings for the Indians in the spring.
• In need of a replacement for injured Jose Iglesias, Detroit acquired shortstop Alex Gonzalez, 37, from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade that cost the Tigers infielder Steve Lombardozzi, 25.
• Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Colome, 25, has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for Boldenone, which is used primarily for the treatment of horses.