Mitch Moreland feels good about spring

April, 2, 2012
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mitch Moreland departed Arizona feeling much better than when he arrived. And he's confident he's ready for a strong 2012.

"I felt like it's been a good spring," Moreland said. "I wanted to come in and get back comfortable, get back to my approach and my plan in the box from the offensive side of it, and I felt like I accomplished that. I feel pretty comfortable right now and am trying to get ready for the season."

The 26-year-old came into spring training a little behind after wrist surgery in the offseason. Moreland was bothered by a balky wrist for most of the second half in 2011 and got arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 30. He could tell the surgery relieved the pain, but he had to let things heal before doing all of his offseason work.

But Moreland felt like the wrist improved a bunch in the two weeks leading to spring training and after about a week of carefully adding drills to build strength, Moreland was doing everything the rest of the hitters were doing.

Then the real work got going.

"I'm getting back to where my swing was before the wrist injury," Moreland said. "You can develop some bad habits when you're trying to fight through stuff, and I feel like that's what I did. It's been coming along good here lately. The wrist feels healthy and I've been working in the cages and trying to square the ball up, and it's been working out."

Moreland hit .283 in Cactus League games with three homers and nine RBIs. He had seven walks and 13 strikeouts.

In part due to the wrist, Moreland wasn't able to get it going in 2011. He hit .259 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs in 134 games. He was just 3-for-39 in the 2011 postseason (two homers and a single). The Rangers got some of their first-base production from Mike Napoli and Michael Young, who played the position when Moreland didn't.

Moreland wants to show that he's more like the guy that hit .348 with a homer (in the World Series), four doubles and seven RBIs in the 2010 playoffs.

"I want to have competitive at-bats and make a pitcher work and try to hit something hard," Moreland said. "That's my goal. I'm motivated every year. I want to do the best I possibly can and the best I can for the team. That's my main goal, along with everybody else in here. We want to get to the World Series and win it. I want to do everything I can this year to go out and help our team do that."

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