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January 14, 2012

Mitch Moreland ready to start swinging bat

First baseman Mitch Moreland said that his right wrist is healthy enough to start swinging a bat after having surgery on it in November. Those anticipated first swings could come Monday.

He had dealt with tendinitis in his wrist from mid-June until the end of the World Series.  He gave the wrist some rest after the season, but it still hurt to swing the bat. Surgery was the next step.

"I'll be picking up a bat this week," he 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 weeks or three weeks off."

His first swings will come only a few days after the Rangers met with free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. Moreland is taking the news in stride.

"That's the business side of it," Moreland said. "He's a great player. He can hit. But all I can do is worry about getting healthy and being a part of this team next year."

-- Jeff Wilson

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