The Texas Rangers got one key piece of their offense back over the weekend when Ian Kinsler came off a month-long stint on the disabled list, and by the end of this week they should be another piece back as first baseman Mitch Moreland is set to return this weekend after beginning a rehab assignment Monday night at Double-A Frisco.
Moreland was hitting .288 when he went on the DL back on June 6 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs, but had really come on over the past month after starting the season like much of hte team is hitting now. In his past 30 games, Moreland is hitting .321 with nine homers, nine doubles and 19 RBIs.
Assuming all goes well in Frisco this week, he should be ready to return by the weekend series in St. Louis, where the Rangers will need all the help they can get against one of baseball's best teams.
In Moreland's absence, the Rangers have primarily used rookie call-up Chris McGuiness at first base with a little bit of Jeff Baker and Lance Berkman mixed in. The combination has hit just .224 in Moreland's absence and Baker has had all but one of the homers and three of the RBIs.
With the Rangers' offense in a tailspin unlike anything we've seen in recent years, they could definitely use a shot in the arm and they hope Moreland can provide that as he was hitting well before the injury.
“I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” Moreland told The Dallas Morning News. “I feel like I’m ready to come back.”
The Rangers are ready for it, too.