Wilson has earned Rangers' No. 1 C role

Wilson has earned Rangers' No. 1 C role

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Bobby Wilson was behind the plate for the Rangers on Saturday night with Yu Darvish on the mound. Manager Jeff Banister said that's not because Wilson will be Darvish's personal catcher.

It's because Wilson has earned the right to be the Rangers' No. 1 catcher, with Bryan Holaday serving as the backup.

"Bobby has earned the opportunity to catch the higher percentage of the games," Banister said. "The whole package … behind the plate, throws the ball well, blocks the ball well, solid game-calling and, obviously, the way he has been swinging the bat."

Wilson went into Saturday's game hitting .360 (18-for-50) with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 14 games with the Rangers since being re-acquired from the Tigers on May 3. He had also thrown out four of seven attempted basestealers.

Holaday also has played well lately, hitting .364 with four doubles and a home run in his last seven games. The Rangers have won five of the last six games he has been behind the plate.

The assignment to catch Darvish does not always go to the No. 1 catcher. Chris Gimenez was Darvish's personal catcher two years ago even though Robinson Chirinos was the No. 1 catcher. Saturday marked the first time for Wilson to be behind the plate with Darvish on the mound.

"I'll try to get on the same page as fast as possible," Wilson said. "We'll talk before the game, get all our signs together and see where we are at. You know there is going to be a lot of excitement in the ballpark. We just need to control the emotions and get into what he can do."

Ramos goes to bullpen

With the return of Darvish, left-hander Cesar Ramos will return to the bullpen, but Banister said Ramos will not be used in just long-relief situations.

"I also believe he can pitch anywhere we want him to out there in that rotation of relievers. I don't think he's relegated to just long duty," Banister said. "The luxury is that he can pitch long."

Ramos has pitched in five games for the Rangers this season, three as a starter and two as a reliever. As a starter, he is 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA, and as a reliever, he's 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA through 6 1/3 innings.

"As long as I'm pitching in the big leagues, that's all I can ask for," Ramos said.

Rangers beat 

• Third-base coach Tony Beasley, who is dealing with rectal cancer, said he has seven more radiation treatments left and should be done June 9. He will be re-evaluated in August and possibly have one more surgery, hopefully just to clean things up. He has been with the Rangers when not in Houston for his treatments but still has limited duties. Spike Owen is serving as the Rangers' third-base coach.

• Beasley, who served as a confidante for many players, chatted with second baseman Rougned Odor at the outset of his seven-game suspension. Said Beasley. "It's tough for him. He's a gamer. He loves playing. He's not a dirty player. He is a hard-nosed player. It's tough for him. But he understands the situation. He's got to serve his time."

• Reliever Keone Kela, who had elbow surgery in April to remove a bone spur, is currently throwing on flat ground. A.J. Griffin (shoulder inflammation) and Tanner Scheppers (knee surgery) also are limited to flat-ground throwing for now.

• The Rangers go up against left-hander Francisco Liriano on Sunday, but then could see a run of six straight right-handed starters. The Rangers are scheduled to see Josh Tomlin, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer during their three-game series with the Indians, and Taijuan Walker, Nathan Karns and Hisashi Iwakuma against the Mariners next weekend. The Rangers will likely miss Felix Hernandez during the three-game series with the Mariners.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.