Rangers send down catcher Teagarden

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers made a change at catcher.

Taylor Teagarden, considered the starting catcher after Jarrod Saltalamacchia went on the disabled list early in the season, was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and Max Ramirez was recalled to take his place. Saltalamacchia was activated off the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

General manager Jon Daniels said he's pleased with Saltalamacchia's progress in recovering from upper back stiffness, but the Rangers want to be sure he can play every day before activating him.

Saltalamacchia must spend at least 10 days in Oklahoma City unless the club puts someone on the disabled list, in which case he could be called up sooner.

"We want him to play in games and get used to that routine," Daniels said. "He'll get most of the playing time down there."

Daniels said he believes manager Ron Washington will play Matt Treanor in more than half the games, but Ramirez will get a shot to see what he can do. Ramirez, 25, has spent the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City and has hit .289 with no homers, three doubles and four RBIs in 13 games. He has played 10 games as a catcher and three as a DH.

"We felt like his catching improved in spring training, and that's continued in Oklahoma," Daniels said about Ramirez.

Teagarden has struggled to start the season with just one hit in 27 at-bats for the Rangers. The club now has Kevin Richardson, Teagarden and Saltalamacchia in Triple-A Oklahoma City. Daniels said the club will monitor all of them.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.