The 2014 Texas Rangers active roster has been a revolving door of sorts, with 32 pitchers taking the mound and 23 players hitting the disabled list.
There's a familiar face wearing the same No. 7 jersey in Arlington, but J.P. Arencibia has a newfound confidence after a 48-game stint with Triple-A Round Rock. Arencibia leads the team in runs batted in and has hit safely in seven of nine starts since his promotion after the All-Star Break.
So what's changed?
'Just confidence, honestly,' Arencibia said. 'I've made a few physical adjustments but it's more just a mentality at the plate.'
At the beginning of the season, the 28-year-old first-year Ranger was letting his struggles affect him as he struggled to record as many hits as his country music singing then-fiancee.
'As a player, no one is harder on us than ourselves. I was beating myself up at home, I was beating myself up on the field before things happened,' Arencibia said. 'Mentally I was so hard on myself. I was getting in my own way.'
He compared the feeling to being stuck in quicksand and trying to get out. Arencibia didn't verify with News 8 that he had actually ever been stuck in quicksand, but the metaphor was effective.
The new-and-improved Arencibia is only hitting .179 since being recalled, but that's a 46-point improvement over his production during his first 20 games. His OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is up 215 points (to .630), and he has decisive RBI in two of Texas' four wins since the break.
'When I was sent down, we were still in it, but when I got back we were pretty far away [from contention,' he said. 'I just see it as an opportunity to help this team win as much as I can. It was tough being down there not being able to contribute to the major league club.'
Being sent down is obviously at the bottom of every major league player's list of things they'd like to have happen in their career. But Arencibia acknowledged that, after the fact, he knew it was necessary for him to regroup and 'get away' from his woeful start to 2014.
His time in Triple A, during which he his 14 home runs and drove in 41 runs, might have been just what he needed to get back to the player he knows he can be.
'I've had three years of having success and driving in runs and hitting home runs,' the converted first baseman said. 'It's not like woke up one day and just lost my talents. Something else was there.'
He averaged 21 homers and 63 RBI over the last three seasons he spent as the everyday catcher in Toronto.
Arencibia gets the nod Tuesday for his ninth start at first base since coming back up to the Rangers' big league club.