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8 Geovany Soto C
Height/Weight: 6-1/220 | Birthdate: 1/20/1983 | Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $2,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/0 | Average Draft Position: 267.13
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Rangers hopeful two injured players are back in June


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday he's hopeful second baseman Jurickson Profar (shoulder) and catcher Geovany Soto (knee) will make earlier than expected returns from the disabled list.

"We're hoping to get [Jurickson] Profar and Soto back in June," Daniels said, per MLB.com.


Rangers place four on disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) As expected, the Rangers have placed pitcher Yu Darvish (neck), second baseman Jurickson Profar (shoulder), catcher Geovany Soto (leg) and pitcher Matt Harrison (back) all the disabled list, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soto was the only player placed on the 60-day DL.

Rangers seeking depth at second, catcher


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Rangers are seeking depth at second base and catcher, according to FoxSports.com.

Both Geovany Soto and Jurickson Profar have gone down in recent days, leaving the club a little thin at some key spots. J.P. Arencibia and Kensuke Tanaka are currently slated to open the year at each spot, though the team does have infielder Rougned Odor in the minors. The Rangers have playoff aspirations this season, so it's not a surprise to see them express some urgency at both positions. 


Geovany Soto will miss 10-12 weeks due to knee surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) It was not good news for Rangers catcher Geovany Soto, who left Sunday's spring game with a leg injury. The Rangers announced Monday Soto is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus and is out 10-12 weeks.

Geovany Soto headed for MRI on leg


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto left Sunday's spring game against the Padres in the second inning when his right leg locked up on him, per MLB.com. He was able to walk off the field, but he was taken for an MRI.

Soto missed three weeks earlier in camp after undergoing surgery to have a bone removed from his left foot. This injury is unrelated.


Geovany Soto returns to lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has returned to the team's starting lineup Thursday.

Soto has yet to play this spring due to a foot injury. He was initially targeting a Saturday return, so it's a promising sign he was able to come back a few days early. Soto hit .245/.328/.466 in 163 at-bats last year.


Rangers duo targeting Saturday for game action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Rangers have targeted the Saturday game against Oakland for the return of two key players to the lineup. Both outfielder Alex Rios (right oblique) and catcher Geovany Soto (left foot) are slated to play.

Soto has yet to play in spring training while recovering from foot surgery. He is in a race to be ready to assume the starting job on opening day. Rios has been out for a week with a rib cage injury.


Geovany Soto making progress, could return to lineup soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has caught live batting practice and is running the bases at approximately 50 percent speed, MLB.com reports.

"I feel great," Soto said Tuesday. "There have been no issues. It has come around a lot better than I thought. I'm really pleased with the way things have come around. I'm almost there. I'm anxious to get back out there."

Once Soto can run the bases at full speed, he's expected to make his spring debut. He underwent ankle surgery on Feb. 22 but still has time to be ready for opening day.


Geovany Soto hitting off tee


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has begun hitting off a tee, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Soto is recovering from arthroscopic surgery after having a small bone removed in his left foot. He said in February that he was aiming to make his spring debut on March 15.


Geovany Soto out of walking boot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is no longer in a walking boot, according to the Dallas Morning News

Soto is recovering after having arthroscopic surgery on his foot. He's expected to be able to return by opening day. He'll resume cardio workouts shortly. Soto hit .245 in 163 at-bats last year.


Geovany Soto looks to make spring debut March 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto, who had arthroscopic surgery Saturday to remove a small bone in his left foot, is aiming to make his spring debut March 15.

"I should have plenty of time (to get ready for the season)," Soto said, per ESPN. "Everything went well. Hopefully, here in a couple of days I’ll start working out in the gym on the bike."


Surgery to knock Geovany Soto out for three weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) Rangers starting catcher Geovany Soto underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left foot Saturday and will be out for three weeks, per FoxSports Southwest. He is expected to be ready to roll for opening day.

Geovany Soto to see Achilles specialist


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto will fly back to Texas to have his Achiles examined, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Though it seems like an extreme gesture, the injury is not considered to be serious. It's just a precautionary measure to make sure nothing else is going on. Soto is expected to open the year as the team's starter behind the plate.

Soto hit .245/.328/.466 in 163 at-bats last season. 


Geovany Soto dealing with sore Achilles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is dealing with soreness in his left Achilles tendon and is being in his running, MLB.com reports on Thursday. The issue is not believed to be serious, according to Soto.

"If this was the regular season, it would be nothing," Soto said.


Rangers manager projects 2014 lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington provided his projected lineup/batting order for the 2014 season, according to ESPN.

Washington has penciled left fielder Shin-Soo Choo into the leadoff spot. He will be followed by shortstop Elvis Andrus, first baseman Prince Fielder, third baseman Adrian Beltre, right fielder Alex Rios, DH Mitch Moreland, catcher Geovany Soto, second baseman Jurickson Profar and center fielder Leonys Martin.


Rangers making Geovany Soto their primary catcher


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/6/2013) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers re-signed Geovany Soto on Tuesday with the intention of making him their primary catcher for the 2014 season. General manager Jon Daniels said of Soto, "We signed him with the expectation that he will be our regular...I think we’ve got a lot of Rangers pitchers who are going to be very happy about that."

The Rangers will still be in the market for a second catcher, and he could be a backup-type or a higher-profile player who could also serve as a designated hitter or first baseman. Free agent Brian McCann fits the latter profile and is still a potential target for Daniels.


Geovany Soto re-signs with Rangers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has re-signed with the club on a one-year deal, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Soto will return to the club for a little over $3 million plus incentives. He's coming off a season where he hit .245/.328/.466 in 163 at-bats. 


Geovany Soto hits ninth home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto hit his ninth home run in Sunday's win over Anaheim.

Soto finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI. He turned it on late in the season to post a .245/.328/.466 line, one of the best from a backup catcher this season.


Geovany Soto drives in two runs in rout


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Rangers backstop Geovany Soto got the start Wednesday afternoon at Seattle. Soto was part of a juggernaut Texas offense in a rout over the Mariners.

Soto drove in two runs on the game as he singled to left field in the third inning to plate Ian Kinsler and Alex Rios. The catcher finished the game 2 for 5 with two RBI and has a .210 batting average for the season.

The 30-year-old backup catcher had gone 0 for 8 in his previous three appearances. He has two homers and seven RBI over his last 11 games for Texas.

Geovany Soto sitting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Soto and A.J. Pierzynski are occasionally both used when the team utilizes a designated hitter, but Elvis Andrus will assume that role Thursday. Soto is hitting .225/.328/.432 in 111 at-bats. 


Geovany Soto homers in second straight game


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto homered for the second straight game in Tuesday's extra-inning win against the Angels.

Soto finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored, three RBI and two walks. He is 4 for 8 with the two homers and a double over the past two games and has seen his OPS rocket from .652 on July 27 to .751 following Tuesday's game.


Geovany Soto wins game with homer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto teamed up with A.J. Pierzynski as each hit solo homers in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off to a win over the White Sox Monday. Soto's fifth HR of the season won it, 4-3. 

Soto finished 2 for 4 in the start behind the plate. He added a double and is batting .210 for the year. The 30-year-old has hits in five striaght games but doesn't see regular at-bats. 


Geovany Soto has good series vs. Detroit


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto, who has taken over as the starting catcher with A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list, had a season-high three hits and a double in five at-bats Sunday against the Tigers. Soto had homered Thursday and Friday against the Tigers.

Soto is batting .250 (10 for 40) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 11 May games. Pierzynski is expected to come off the disabled list this week, which would send Soto back to a bench role.


Geovany Soto hits first homer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2013) Rangers catcher Geovany Soto hit his first home run of the year Thursday, a three-run shot off Justin Verlander as part of a seven-run third inning. It was the only hit in four trips to the plate for Soto, who boosted his batting average to .176 in the Rangers win.

Consider Geovany Soto


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) A power-hitting former All-Star catcher just got handed a bunch of playing time in a hitter's paradise.

This is the type of situation Fantasy owners love to stumble upon on the waiver wire, and it's taking place in Texas. Geovany Soto is about to take on the majority of the Rangers' playing time behind the plate with A. J. Pierzynski headed to the disabled list.

Should Fantasy owners pounce?

Even in Soto's terrible 2012 season, he still hit 11 home runs in 324 at bats. The power is obviously still there, even if he has no home runs yet this season. Hopefully, an everyday role can get him going, as this is a guy who slugged double-digit home runs five years in a row.

Soto's horrible batting average last season will scare Fantasy owners away, but that also was aided by an ugly .222 batting average on balls in play. If Soto can take advantage of a favorable offensive environment and get his batting average closer to his .248 career mark, he could provide a short-term boost while Pierzynski heals.

It's a risk, given his recent history, but Soto might be worth a look on the waiver wire over the next few weeks, especially if you're weak at the catcher position.