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DL Stint May Have Been Blessing In Disguise For Moreland

Mitch Moreland has been swinging a hot bat since returning from the DL on July 30

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A six-week stint on the Texas Rangers’ disabled list, the result of a small wrist fracture, may have been a blessing in disguise for first baseman Mitch Moreland.

Moreland is hitting .338 with a .935 OPS since coming off the DL on July 30, and the slugger believes the time afforded him by the long layoff--unfortunate as it was to be forced from the lineup under such circumstances--has played a significant role in his recent surge at the plate.

I just kind of slowed everything down,” Moreland said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I really emphasized the hitting position, getting my hands to the right spot and staying square when I hit the ball. I think [the DL] actually helped me with my swing. I definitely got started a little later this year than normal because of the injury and I was just trying to make sure I was healthy. That opportunity to work on my swing [while on the DL] really helped me get back to my comfort zone.”

After a 2-for-4 day at the plate in the finale with the Twins on Sunday afternoon, Moreland’s average remains on the rise--he will enter the series with the Tampa Bay Rays this week at .297.

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