"I asked him a couple of times how he felt and he said pretty good," Washington said. "That's why he's not playing today. He was supposed to go back-to-back [games]."
Tuesday marked the first time a Rangers catcher has been behind the plate for 14 complete innings since 2011.
"I felt great, my legs felt good," Soto said. "I was surprised, the whole night I felt really good. I feel like I'm at full strength. I still feel like it's Spring Training for me, I'm getting ready and everybody else is in midseason form. But as far as my strength, I feel like I'm 100 percent."
Soto was 1-for-6 on Tuesday with a big double in the Rangers' two-run seventh-inning rally that tied the game. He is 2-for-13 since returning last Friday from the groin injury. He is 6-for-24 in six games overall.
"My timing is a little off," Soto said. "I'm working with [hitting coach Dave Magadan] trying to get the right path through the zone. It's a matter of getting good pitches to hit."
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