Catcher Geovany Soto out 10 to 12 weeks with knee injury

Catcher Geovany Soto out 10 to 12 weeks with knee injury

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Geovany Soto #8 of the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 24, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 1:16 PM

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has a tear in his right knee that will sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks.

The Rangers said Monday that Soto will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn cartilage. CBS Sports reports that the injury is a torn meniscus.

Soto's knee locked up Sunday and he left the game in the second inning against San Diego.

This is the second severe injury to a Rangers starter in 24 hours. The club announced Sunday that second baseman Jurickson Profar would miss at least 10 weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.

"We've lost two everyday players and there is no way to sugarcoat that," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. "It is what it is. We'll look towards our depth and see where we go from here."

The Rangers acquired catcher J.P. Arencibia this offseason to split catching duties with Soto. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos will now share the workload behind the plate. Chirinos has a .205 average in 30 MLB games. Arencibia is a career .212 hitter in three full seasons in the majors.

Arencibia (73-of-278) and Soto (140-of-531) have each thrown out 26 percent of potential base stealers in their career.

Landon Haaf and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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