Rangers place Saltalamacchia on DL

The Rangers put catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the 15-day disabled list because of upper back stiffness prior to Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Texas manager Ron Washington said Saltalamacchia hurt his back during Monday’s opener against Toronto, but tried to play through the discomfort. He pinch hit in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays, striking out on three pitches without swinging.

After the game, Saltalamacchia informed Washington of the back issue.

"I’d prefer to be told (earlier),” Washington said. "Look at the situation we’re in.”

Saltalamacchia had an MRI exam Thursday morning and was scheduled to be examined by a back specialist later in the day.

Last season, Saltalamacchia was the Rangers’ regular catcher until season-ending surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on Sept. 21, which removed a rib from near his right shoulder. He also had a stint on the 15-day DL last season with right shoulder fatigue.

Saltalamacchia also was limited by neck problems during spring training.

Taylor Teagarden will become the everyday catcher, and Texas purchased the contract of Matt Treanor from Triple-A Oklahoma City to back him up.

Texas acquired Treanor in a trade with Milwaukee on March 22. Treanor, who has a career batting average of .232 in 278 major league games, missed most of last season with a hip injury.

Teagarden is known for his defense, hitting .217 with six homers and 24 RBIs last season.

"I feel pretty good (about Teagarden),” Washington said. "We’ll find out how much he can handle.”