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Moreland Likely Headed to DL

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Moreland Likely Headed to DL

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As if it weren't enough for Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando to all hit the disabled list together, let's go ahead and throw in a position player to the mix!

The Texas Rangers most likely lost their first baseman for a chunk of time on Tuesday night when he was trying to beat out a double-play ball at first base and pulled up lame, grabbing his left hamstring and being reduced to a ginger limp, to say the least.

Moreland is set to have an MRI today to see the damage and how bad the hamstring strain is, but judging by his reaction on Tuesday, I* would have to assume he will most likely hit the disabled list.

*I am not a doctor.

This is unfortunate news for the Rangers on many fronts. First of all, Moreland has been hitting the ball much better than the poor start he got off to. Over the past near-two months, Moreland is hitting just shy of .300 and has shown some great power after an awful start to the season at the plate.

Most notably though, the injury will hurt the Rangers defensively. The options at first base are now Mike Napoli, Michael Young and Brandon Snyder. Ick. Moreland is not a gold-glover, but he can certainly hold his own at first. While Young has shown some improvements, he's still a noticeable downgrade defensively. Napoli isn't much better. Snyder is not going to be an everyday player.

To put it mildly, this injury isn't good for the Rangers, who now lose a power bat and a solid glove for an unknown amount of time. We should know today just how long that might be.

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