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Moreland Set to Return Wednesday



    Moreland Set to Return Wednesday
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    Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers after scoring on an RBI double hits a by Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers against the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 14, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Mitch Moreland was one of the team's few hot hitters a few weeks ago before the calendar turned to May, the Rangers heated up a bit and before he hit the disabled list with an elbow injury that required a minor surgical procedure.

    Through the first few weeks of the year, Moreland was batting over .300 — the only such player on the roster at the time other than Prince Fielder.

    Moreland went 0-for-11 on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock but did draw four walks and said he feels good with his return looming Wednesday night against the Royals.

    "I feel good," he told Fox Sports. "The elbow's been great. The legs feel good."

    Prince Fielder played first base Tuesday night for the first time in May but will likely defer back to Moreland against right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura, as Moreland is the best defensive first baseman the Rangers have.

    If Moreland can pick up where he left off, he'd be an attractive option in the fifth spot in the lineup behind Adrian Beltre.