Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Feb 22 '12

The Rangers have limited Mitch Moreland to 75 swings per day as he rehabs from November surgery on his right wrist.

"It's just precautionary," said Moreland. "We don't want to push it. But I feel good and haven't had any issues." Moreland took batting practice from manager Ron Washington on Tuesday and also fielded grounders without incident. The 27-year-old might be a little behind some the other position players early in camp, but he appears to be on track for the start of the season.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Feb 07 '12

Mitch Moreland (wrist) said he is "feeling great" and could be close to full strength going into spring training.

Moreland underwent surgery on his right wrist in November, but he's already hitting four times a week and doing all of his conditioning. The 27-year-old is currently on track to be ready for Opening Day as the Rangers' starting first baseman, but the club added Brad Hawpe and Conor Jackson on minor league deals this winter just in case there are any setbacks.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Jan 31 '12

Mitch Moreland (wrist surgery) began hitting in mid-January.

Morleand was bothered by a right wrist injury after the All-Star break last year and eventually underwent surgery in November. "It's feeling great," Moreland said during a radio appearance Saturday on 103.3 FM in Dallas. "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." Barring any setbacks, the 27-year-old is expected to be ready for Opening Day and will serve as the Rangers' primary first baseman this season. However, he's mostly an option in AL-only fantasy leagues.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Jan 14 '12

Mitch Moreland indicated that his right wrist is healthy enough to start swinging a bat after having surgery on it in November.

"I'll be picking up a bat this week," Moreland said. "It's not like I'm going to be taking 200 cuts. The only thing that I'm kind of behind on is my workouts. I might be two or three weeks off." Moreland appears to be on track for opening day after dealing with tendinitis in his wrist from mid-June until the end of the World Series. The Rangers have stated that they plan to use him mainly at first base and that he won't likely get much time as an outfielder.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Nov 30 '11

Mitch Moreland's recovery from right wrist surgery is expected to last between eight and 12 weeks.

Moreland underwent the procedure on Wednesday afternoon. If he's able to avoid setbacks, the 26-year-old first baseman should have no trouble getting ready for Opening Day. But any complications could derail that optimism. Moreland batted .259/.320/.414 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI in 134 games this past year for the Rangers.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Nov 22 '11

Mitch Moreland is scheduled to have a follow-up exam for his ailing right wrist before the end of the month.

Moreland was bothered by the wrist during the second half of the season, which helps explain his sharp drop in production. He visited a specialist before getting married on November 13 and was initially prescribed rest. We expect the 26-year-old will be the primary first baseman for the Rangers next season, though he will likely sit against most left-handers.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Nov 12 '11

Rangers owner Nolan Ryan expects Mitch Moreland to be the team's starting first baseman next year.

"Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols is not something our organization is prepared to do," Ryan said. "I very much expect Mitch Moreland to be our first baseman next year." While another year of Moreland is not ideal for the Rangers, they already have $67 million committed to salaries for 2012, not including arbitration settlements for Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Mike Adams, David Murphy, Elvis Andrus, and Matt Harrison. Ryan appears ready to trust Moreland going forward, but the 26-year-old former top prospect is coming of a postseason that saw him hit just .103 with two homers and 3 RBI over 31 plate appearances. Moreland also reportedly battled through a "nagging" wrist injury during the second half.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Oct 31 '11

Mitch Moreland will have his sore right wrist examined.

He had issues with the wrist in the second half. We'll pass along an update after his appointment.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Oct 24 '11

Mitch Moreland will make his second straight start at first base in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night.

The Rangers are using the exact same lineup as they did in Sunday's win, which means Mike Napoli will again bat eighth. Moreland went 0-for-4 in Game 4 and is batting just .087 (2-for-23) this postseason.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Oct 23 '11

Mitch Moreland is starting at first base and batting ninth for Sunday's Game 4 for the World Series.

It's Moreland's first start since Game 5 of the ALCS, as he's yet to take an at-bat during the World Series. He's hitting just .105/.227/.263 in 19 postseason at-bats, as his second half struggles have carried into the playoffs. Mike Napoli's costly errant throw to home in Game 3 probably weighed into Rangers manager Ron Washington's decision to put him back behind the plate for Game 4.