Spencer Patton's arrival in Arlington as the newest Ranger was delayed by the arrival of the newest Patton.

While the 26-year-old September call-up was informed of his promotion Saturday among the group of five players called up at roster expansion, he didn't join the Rangers until Thursday, two days after his first son was born.

Patton's son, Bruer Morris, was born in Effingham, Illinois on Tuesday. That makes for quite a week in the life of a ballplayer.

"I don't think it's set in yet," Patton said. "It's pretty surreal."

His arrival with the club in Arlington was delayed five days while he was with his expecting wife, but the call-up came later than many expected when the Rangers acquired him in a trade for veteran reliever Jason Frasor.

"There was talks of it, but you can't really expect anything in this game, you just have to go with the flow," Patton said. "There was talks about it so I kind of had my eye on it, but I wasn't putting all my eggs in that basket until it happened."

It finally happened, and his visit home for Bruer's birth fell while the Rangers were in Kansas City playing Patton's former organization. Patton will wear No 44, the same number Frasor wore over his two seasons in Texas.

He'll likely fill a similar late-innings role to the one Frasor held as well. Patton was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 games with Round Rock to finish the minor league season. He converted all four of his save opportunities.

"He's a strike thrower, he commands the ball, he's a competitor," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We'll have to get him out there to see for ourselves, but those are the things I've heard."

The Rangers officially purchased Patton's contract Thursday. Shin-Soo Choo was moved to the 60-day disabled to make room for Patton on the active roster.

Patton said his wife is healthy after the birth and expected to leave the hospital Thursday.

Oh, and Bruer already has some style.

Jury still out on Chirinos' neck

J.P. Arencibia is behind the plate for Texas Thursday for the first time since May 16 as Robinson Chirinos continues to nurse a stiff neck.

Chirinos hasn't played since arriving at the ballpark Monday in Kansas City with the stiffness in his neck.

"Until I hear anything different from the trainers, it's just a stiff neck," Washington said.

Washington said that Chirinos, who is playing his first season as the primary catcher for a big league club, could be getting tired after the long season.

"He's never been through this before, and that's why I give him the days off I give him," Wash said. "He has to learn how to do that, so he's probably getting a little tired."

There is no indication that anything on the field caused a neck injury, Washington said.

Arencibia gets the start as the only catcher left to back up Tomas Telis. Telis, who has played in 113 games across three levels this season, is healthy and available, but Washington is giving him a break behind the plate.