He's been getting ABs throughout ST. Honestly I think the Rangers hope to trade Laird. Salty is still young and I'd rather them send him to AAA to play C than make him into a 1B/C backup in the MLs this year. If Laird is hitting like he should I bet they'll ship him off by mid season to a contender (he's a decent hitting catcher, good with pitchers and pretty decent defensively too) for some moderately good pitching prospect or something.
They aren't giving up on Salty.
(please, please, please don't pull another S Sosa, C Pena, A Gonzalez, C Young with Salty, Rangers!)