Washington, Daniels meet to discuss callups

Washington, Daniels meet to discuss callups

Washington, Daniels meet to discuss callups
ARLINGTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, manager Ron Washington and members of their staffs met on Friday afternoon to discuss potential September callups. Infielder Jurickson Profar, outfielder Leonys Martin and pitcher Martin Perez are among those who could join the Rangers in September.

"We talked about a lot of guys," Daniels said. "We still have another week. Nothing is set in stone. Just like every other team is doing now, we're discussing our options."

Rosters expand from 25 players to as many as 40 for the final month. For teams in contention like the Rangers, the main points are to reinforce the pitching staff, add at least a third catcher and add bench players who can help in certain situations.

The Rangers will reinforce their catching when Mike Napoli is activated off the disabled list and they expect him ready at least by the beginning of September. Luis Martinez is here now serving as the backup to Geovany Soto, and is expected to remain with the Rangers through September.

Perez and right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama are the leading candidates to be added to the bullpen. Perez would give the Rangers a third left-hander in the bullpen to go with Michael Kirkman and Robbie Ross as well as being another potential long reliever. The Rangers bullpen also gets a boost when Koji Uehara comes off the disabled list, and that could be as early as Sunday.

Profar, 19, has been discussed as a potential utility infielder. Another candidate is Luis Hernandez, a veteran switch-hitter who got the call on Friday when Michael Young was placed on paternity leave. Martin would give the Rangers another left-handed hitting outfielder who provides speed off the bench. He has played in 17 games for the Rangers so far this season.