MLB notes: Rangers activate Soto, bring back Arencibia

Geovany Soto was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers. (Reuters)

Geovany Soto was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers. (Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 8:49 PM ET

The Texas Rangers will have a different look when they face the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The Rangers activated catcher Geovany Soto from the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of catcher/first baseman J.P. Arencibia from triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.

Soto has yet to play this season after having surgery on his right knee in March.

Arencibia, who is on the roster for the second time this year, is set to play first base against his former team this weekend after the Rangers demoted veteran Carlos Pena.

Arencibia was hitting .133 with one home run and six RBIs in 20 games for the Rangers earlier this season.

CHATWOOD TO HAVE SURGERY

The Colorado Rockies are shutting down pitcher Tyler Chatwood for the season to and the right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, reports the Denver Post.

The surgery will likely keep him out of the lineup through most of 2015.

Chatwood made four starts this season and has not pitched since April 29 when he was pulled against the Arizona Diamondback due to tightness in his elbow. On the season, he went 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA.

Chatwood missed two starts after suffering a left hamstring running the bases during the tail end of spring training.

WHITE SOX SIGN WANG

Chien-Ming Wang is hoping the Chicago White Sox will help him return to the major leagues this season.

After recently opting out of his minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, Wang signed as a free agent with the White Sox on Thursday.

Wang was assigned to the team's triple-A club in Charlotte. The 34-year-old was a 19-game winner for the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007.

In other moves, the White Sox traded minor-league pitcher Dylan Axelrod to the Reds for an as-yet unknown return and released fellow pitcher Deunte Heath so he could pursue a baseball opportunity in Japan.

BRIEFLY

The Tampa Bay Rays placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the disabled list retroactive to July 9 ... The New York Yankees signed pitcher Rich Hill to a minor-league deal and assigned him to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ... The Milwaukee Brewers claimed infielder Irving Falu off waivers from the San Diego Padres and designated pitcher Kevin Shackelford for assignment.


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