Mitch Moreland set to swing bat next week

January, 14, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland said his right wrist feels good following his offseason surgery and that he's participating in full workouts. The next step is hitting off a tee, which he plans to do next week.

Moreland said he'll likely be a little bit behind when the spring starts, but that overall he's ahead of schedule.

"The only thing I'm behind on is I usually start my workouts earlier than this," Moreland said.

Moreland said that wrist pain bothered him from June through the rest of the season, but that he wanted to get through the season.

"I wanted to play," Moreland said. "I did the best I could to help the team win."

Moreland has been told he's going to work mainly at first base, meaning he won't likely get much time as an outfielder.

The main thing for him is that he's healthy.

"I have good strength, almost full strength," Moreland said. "I feel like I can swing today."

As for the possibility of Prince Fielder coming to Texas, Moreland said that's just part of the business of baseball.

"He’s a great player," Moreland said. "He can hit. All I can do it worry about getting healthy and being a part of his team net year and doing what I can to help them win and getting back to where we were last year."
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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