Ian Kinsler high-fives Mitch Moreland after a home run against Toronto, April 30, 2012.
It's now been more than a month since Mitch Moreland injured his hamstring back in June in a Rangers' win over the San Diego Padres when he was trying to beat out a double play at first. And the Rangers have been suffering defensively with Michael Young and Mike Napoli seeing most of the time at first, neither of which is as good defensively as Moreland.
Heck, neither of them have been as good at the plate as Moreland was before he was injured.
Now, Moreland is set to continue a rehab assignment that should put him back in the bigs rather soon. Moreland will play at Double-A Frisco beginning tonight after playing earlier in the week for Triple-A Round Rock and going 1-for-6 at the plate before taking a couple of days off for the birth of his child.
The Rangers could use Moreland in the field. He's no gold glover but he's a capable first baseman. And who knows? They might need him at the plate too. Maybe a new injection into the lineup could give the Rangers a spark. In the 10 games leading up to Moreland's injury, he was starting to show signs of turning things around. He went 8-for-28 with two home runs and four RBIs.