ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers hits a solo home run in the third inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Mitch Moreland is probably sick and tired of the name Prince Fielder, even though he probably wouldn't disclose that publicly.
Fielder was courted by the Texas Rangers before signing an astonishing nine-year, $214 million deal with the Detroit Tigers, which was clearly out of the Rangers' price range. When Fielder bolted for the Tigers, that meant the first base gig in Texas was Moreland's, which the Rangers contended was the case throughout the winter and throughout the free agency market.
Moreland struggled through the second half of 2011 after playing through an undisclosed wrist injury that required surgery after the postseason. He finished last season with a .259 average, 16 home runs and 51 RBIs. He hit .230 in July and a putrid .167 in September when the wrist was clearly really bothering him.
Now, he says, he's all good.
“It's feeling great. I've been hitting. No problems there. Working out. Not very many limitations I guess you could say. Therapy is going good. The range of motion is there,” Moreland shared on a recent edition of Rangers Magazine on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
Moreland was a young up-and-comer in 2010 and was a fan favorite after he was the one guy that showed up ready to hit in the 2010 World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants.
If he could get back to that 2010 version, the Rangers might be OK at first base, after all.