After three games in the 2014 MLB season, the Texas Rangers have made the first change to the lineup. The new Texas Rangers batting order sees catcher J.P. Arencibia moved into the ninth spot at the bottom of the order.
Arencibia won the catcher's job coming out of Spring Training for the Rangers, but he has only hit 1-for-7 (.143) through the first three games of the season. He really crushed the Rangers chances in the first game, when he hit into a double play that ended the late Rangers rally.
Texas then benched him in the second game in favor of Robinson Chirinos in the second game and then he returned in the third to go hitless with one strikeout. The Rangers finally pulled him in the ninth inning when they were trying to win the game and it paid off when pinch hitter Jim Adduci helped keep Texas in it as they came back to win.
Possibly to take some of the pressure off of Arencibia, Texas has moved him to the bottom of the order, a spot where he played a great deal in 2009. According to manager Ron Washington, he wanted to emphasize that this had more to do with Donnie Murphy (.250) starting to hit well.
Arencibia replaces A.J. Pierzynski in the lineup as Texas continues to try to find a solid option at catcher since losing Mike Napoli two years ago. Geovany Soto, who was expected to be the starting catcher for the Texas Rangers this season, has a torn lateral meniscus and will be out for the next 10 to 12 weeks.