Just a week or so ago, it was feared that designated hitter/first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland wouldn't be ready to start the season with the Texas Rangers after he suffered a strained oblique muscle.
Now, the prognosis is much brighter as Moreland returned to the Rangers' Cactus League lineup over the weekend and has played well, turning in a big all-around game on Sunday. Moreland, who will be the club's primary DH, as well as see time in the corner outfield spots and at first base, is tinkering with a new batting stance this spring and it's working. On Monday, he had two hits and also had a nice day in left field.
Moreland threw out an Oakland baserunner at third base after he had rounded the bag too far before Moreland was able to cut him down with a nice throw.
If Moreland can have a good season this year, specifically at the plate in the No. 6 spot in the order, it'll be a huge bonus for the Rangers as Moreland will be able to give occasional breathers to Shin-Soo Choo, Alex Rios and Prince Fielder, even if it's just to let one of those three DH for a day.