TexTexas Rangers
J.P. Arencibia
Aug 27: Arencibia is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. After starting four straight games, Arencibia will get a rest with the Rangers playing a day game after a night game. The lefty-hitting Mike Carp steps into the lineup at first base, bumping Arencibia to the bench.

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Aug 15: Arencibia is out of the lineup again Friday against the Angels. Friday will mark Arencibia's third straight game out of the lineup, as it appears he is starting to lose playing time at first base. Given his .175 batting average with the club and his 1-for-22 performance at the plate over his last six starts, it wouldn't be surprising if his playing time continues to be cut.

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Aug 14: Arencibia is out of the lineup Thursday vs. the Rays. With Alex Rios forced to man the DH spot as he recovers from an ankle injury, Arencibia will lose out on the remaining starting nod at first base to Mike Carp for the second straight night.

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Aug 13: Arencibia is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Rays. Arencibia has made some occasional noise since his July 17 call-up with a few home run binges, but he's fallen into his usual bad habits in recent contests. He's reached base just once in his last four games, spanning 16 plate appearances. There's a good chance that Mike Carp eventually displaces him as the team's top first base/DH option within the next week.

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Aug 8: Arencibia hit his eighth homer of the season on Friday facing the Astros, as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Although Arencibia is only hitting a measly .195 on the year, he's managing to make the most of his hits. Since being called up on July 18 and getting inserted as a regular starter with the Rangers, Arencibia has smacked seven homers, scored 10 runs and driven in 22 RBI while raising his seasonal batting average from .143 to .195.

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Aug 6: Arencibia had another fantastic night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a walk and four RBI, while slugging his seventh home run of the year and adding a double in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. Granted it was not the two-home run, seven-RBI outburst like last Tuesday's performance against the Yankees, Arencibia still got the job done Tuesday. Arencibia has been mostly hit or miss this year and went 2-for-12 in between the two big outings. He now possesses a mediocre .198/.261/.421 slash line in 121 at-bats this year.

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Aug 4: Arencibia isn't in the lineup Monday against the White Sox in Chicago, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports. Despite faring well at the plate since his contract was purchased after the All-Star break -- .232/.306/.536 line with five homers in 56 at-bats -- Arencibia will hand over first base to newcomer Mike Carp, at least for one day.

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Jul 29: Arencibia had a monstrous performance in a loss to the Yankees Tuesday, as he went 4-for-5 at the dish with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI. Arencibia has been feast or famine for most of his career, and he certainly feasted on Yankee pitching Tuesday. He now has six home runs on the year, but also has 30 strikeouts in 104 at-bats this season.

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Jul 24: Arencibia hit his fourth homer of the year and struck out twice against the Yankees on Thursday. He got the start at DH for the second straight game, which kind of tells you where the Texas lineup is at these days, since Arencibia is still hitting a robust .141 on the season. But hey, he's homered twice in the last three games and three times in his last seven.

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Jul 18: Arencibia went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a three-run home run in the Rangers' win over his former team, Toronto, on Friday night. Just recalled from Triple-A, he was playing first base for the first time, and with Carlos Pena having been designated for assignment, he could see more time there if he can continue to produce. It was just his second home run after getting off to a miserable start and being sent down earlier in the season, so he needs to hit with consistency if he wants a regular job.

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Jul 18: Arencibia will start at first base and bat seventh Friday against the Blue Jays. It will mark Arencibia's first major league start at first base, but it looks like he may see regular time there after Carlos Pena was designated for assignment. Robinson Chirinos and Adam Rosales both figure to factor in at the position as well. In 20 games with the big club earlier this season, Arencibia hit just .133/.182/.233 (66 plate appearances), but he has hit .279/.320/.542 with 14 homers in 48 games with Triple-A Round Rock.

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Jul 17: The Rangers purchased Arencibia's contract from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. With Geovany Soto also activated from the 60-day DL on Thursday, the Rangers will enter Friday's series opener vs. the Blue Jays with four catchers on their 25-man roster. However, Soto is believed to have the inside track for regular catching duties, so expect to see Arencibia as well as fellow backstop Robinson Chirinos compete for some reps at first base. Arencibia's never been regarded as adept behind the plate, and while he's capable of providing some decent pop and passable defense at first base, his horrid on-base skills make it difficult to justify giving him regular at-bats.

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May 22: Arencibia was outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. An abysmal start to the year (.133/.182/.233) not only cost Arencibia his job with the major league club, but his place on the 40-man roster as well. He has accepted the outright assignment, but now that he's off the 40-man, Arencibia may be hard-pressed to return to the majors with Texas. While Arencibia did hit 18-plus homers in each of his previous three seasons, he may be forced to settle for a minor league deal in the offseason.

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May 20: Arencibia was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports. Arencibia has utterly flopped at the plate this season, posting a .133/.182/.233 line with one homer in 60 at-bats. As a corresponding move, Chris Gimenez was recalled to act as the backup catcher to Robinson Chirinos.

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May 2: Arencibia will start in place of Chirinos on Friday, batting ninth. Arencibia is still considered the backup catcher, but will get an opportunity to prove his worth with Chirinos on the shelf dealing with a stomach virus. The illness shouldn't keep Chirinos out long, so Arencibia's starting spot behind the plate will likely be temporary.

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Apr 22: Arencibia appears to have been demoted to the backup catcher role on Texas, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports. Robinson Chirinos has outplayed Arencibia in every aspect of the game in the early going, and considering Arencibia has a well-documented history of being mediocre, the Rangers don't have much to lose by seeing what Chirinos can do with more playing time.

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Mar 31: Arencibia is expected to get the "bulk of catching duty" at the beginning of the season, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos are both on the Rangers' Opening Day roster due to Geovanny Soto's knee injury, but Arencibia can expect to start behind the plate on most days. Expect a more traditional platoon when Soto returns, however the Rangers will likely ease him back into action, meaning Arencibia should continue to receive consistent playing time.

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Mar 25: Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos are both expected to make the Opening Day roster with the injury to Geovanny Soto (knee), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Manager Ron Washington has yet to announce the starter, and there's a chance another veteran catcher could be brought in as well, but all signs point to a timeshare of sorts between Arencibia and Chirinos when the season opens.

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Mar 23: Arencibia's poor spring may result in him losing the backup catcher spot to Robinson Chirinos, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Arenicibia entered Saturday's game with a .184 average before collecting two hits in the game. He's a decent source of some moderate power, albeit one that poses a significant risk to your average, if he makes the team out of spring training.

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