CHICAGO — Mike Carp joined the Ranger on Monday and was immediately inserted into the lineup, starting at first base in addition to batting fifth against White-colored Sox right-hander Hector Noesi. Carp, a left-handed hitter, can also be used at designated hitter and remaining field, but it appears he can get much of his taking part in time sharing first with J.P. Arencibia.
Well get him or her out there when we can, transfer him around and try to get his bat going,In manager Ron Washington mentioned. It will probably take some at-bats to get going, nevertheless we know we can hit.
Carp, whom spent his first several Major League seasons while using Mariners, spent the past a couple with Boston. He was a productive role player in 2013, when the Red Sox received the World Series, hitting .296 having nine home runs, 43 RBIs and a .523 slugging percentage in Eighty six games and 216 at-bats.
But he wasnt getting as much playing time with the Red Sox this season — missing out on all of June with a broken foot didnt help, both — and was hitting .198 which has a .320 on-base percentage and .279 slugging amount in 42 games along with 86 at-bats.
So as the July 30 non-waiver Trade Deadline approached, they asked for a trade.
Playing once every seven days, its hard to stay sharp,Inch Carp said. The opportunities were few and far between, so it led to an unfortunate circumstance. It just came down to taking part in time. I just wanted to go out there and compete. Its annoying not to be able to do that, and lose on top of it.
Im comfortable with whatever opportunity comes my way. It will be better than what I had in Boston. Ive got two months to think it out and get back on track.
The Rangers were able to make room pertaining to Carp on the roster because catcher Chad Gimenez is away on paternity leave. His wife, Kellie, will give birth, and he could be away for up to three days.
Gimenez may very well be ready to return by Feb 5th, when the Rangers open a new three-game series with the Astros in Houston. But the Rangers are also wanting Geovany Soto to come off the disabled list that day as well.