Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos has been placed on the 60 day disabled list, according to John Blake on Twitter. Taking his place on the active roster is catcher Brett Nicholas, whose contract has been purchased, and who replaces Chirinos on the 25 man and 40 man rosters.
Chirinos broke his right forearm yesterday while swinging at a Garret Richards pitch, and is expected to be out 10-12 weeks. The only other catcher on the 40 man roster currently is Chris Gimenez, who is on the d.l. due to leg problems. With the Rangers needing a backup catcher, the lefthanded hitting Nicholas, a sixth round pick out of Missouri in 2010, gets the call.
This is one of two roster moves the Rangers are making today. As we previously discussed, the Rangers are also putting Shin-Soo Choo on the 15 day disabled list, and have recalled Nomar Mazara to take his place on the roster.