Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland Out May Miss Start Of Spring Training

Thursday December 1st, 2011

Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had surgery on his right wrist Wednesday, and he may miss the beginning of spring training. The Rangers are not expecting his recovery to extend into the regular season.

"He may be a little slow coming into camp, but the feeling is he'll be 100 percent no later than March 1st," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "With the late start, that's actually not much of a setback."

Texas has committed to Moreland being their every day first baseman, and they have no plans to pursue either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols, who are both free agents.

Moreland experienced pain in his wrist throughout the second half of the season, and he had hoped that it would go away with extended rest. After it did not, he elected to have surgery.

"It was consistent with what the docs thought," Daniels said. "They hoped rest would heal it, but it wasn't bouncing back as quick as hoped, so Mitch opted for the cleanup." Moreland batted .259 last season with 16 home runs and 51 runs batted in. He struggled during the playoffs, going only 3-29.

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