The Texas Rangers will be without expected starting catcher Geovany Soto for the next three weeks after he had surgery Saturday morning to remove a small bone putting pressure on a tendon in his left foot.

After seeing Dr. John Crates on Friday, it was determined that Soto had Os trigonum syndrome, in which a small accessory bone is present. The bone, which is not found in all people, was putting pressure on the flexor tendon in his left foot. The surgery was performed via arthroscope on Saturday morning.

The Rangers still expect that Soto will be ready for opening day. He should return to full baseball activities by mid-March and have two weeks worth of games to get ready for the season. In the meantime, J.P. Arencibia, who started 115 games behind the plate for Toronto last year, will be the top catcher.

“We were focused on getting two guys this offseason who could each be front-line catchers,” said assistant general manager Thad Levine. “We knew the heat in Texas takes a pretty significant impact on players, so we have to look at our backup a little differently and have two guys who can carry significant loads. In this instance, I think we are very comfortable. We have some sense of security.”