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Spring training position battles

A daily rundown of the MLB competitions for playing time in March and April

Updated: March 23, 2010, 4:50 PM ET
By Jason Catania, Charles Curtis and Doug Mittler | ESPN Insider

Texas Rangers: Catcher

Tenuous times in Texas? Jarrod Saltalamacchia was starting to reassert himself as the Rangers' No. 1 catcher over Taylor Teagarden before being sidelined with back and neck spasms, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Teagarden will get the bulk of the playing time while Saltalamacchia remains sidelined. The injury prompted Texas to make a deal for veteran backup catcher Matt Treanor on Monday.

Treanor is just a .232 career hitter, but the Rangers view him as valuable defensive insurance if the catcher with the longest name in baseball is out longer than expected.



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