Mitch Moreland (hamstring) out 4-6 weeks

June, 22, 2012
6/22/12
4:26
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland landed on the disabled list Friday, as expected, with a strained left hamstring. The MRI showed he could be out four to six weeks with a Grade II strain.

Roy Oswalt replaces Moreland on the 25-man roster, and the club still must make a 40-man roster move prior to Friday’s game.

Moreland sustained the injury trying to beat out a double play ball in Tuesday’s 7-3 win in San Diego. With Moreland out, the Rangers will handle first base by committee with Mike Napoli, Michael Young and Brandon Snyder all capable of playing the position.

“It happens," Moreland said. "It’s obviously not what I wanted to happen, but I’ve got to treat it, get better and get back on the field.”

Moreland joins some banged-up teammates on the DL, including Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz and Koji Uehara.

Moreland, 26, is hitting .272 with 10 homers and 25 RBIs. He batted just .231 in April, but hit the ball much better in May to bring his average up.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com 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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BA LEADER
Elvis Andrus
BA HR RBI R
.305 1 3 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .776
WM. Perez 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23