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June 20, 2012

MRI awaits Mitch Moreland; DL next?

First baseman Mitch Moreland will have an MRI exam Wednesday on his left hamstring, which he strained in the second inning of the Rangers' 7-3 victory Tuesday night.

He left the game immediately after stretching out to tag first base to avoid an inning-ending double play. Not only was he hurt, he was out on the play to kill a bases-loaded threat with one out.

"The first time I felt it was when I hit the base," Moreland said. "I was trying to lean forward. It grabbed pretty good."

While a stint on the disabled list appears likely, Moreland was holding out on the MRI exam to be read by team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Thursday.

"I don't really know a whole lot right now," Moreland said. "I've got an MRI scheduled for [Wednesday], and we've got to go from there."

The Rangers have three players on the roster who can play first base, so there's no need to go get a first baseman from the minor leagues. Michael Young replaced Moreland on Tuesday and will likely be there Wednesday in the series finale against San Diego. Mike Napoli and Brandon Snyder can also play first.

The Rangers are playing with an extra position player, outfielder Leonys Martin. If Moreland does head to the DL, the corresponding move could be purchasing the contract of right-hander Roy Oswalt. The Rangers would need to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Oswalt to join the team.

"We'll figure out a way to handle first base," manager Ron Washington said.

-- Jeff Wilson




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