Friday, January 24, 2014
Don't expect Mitch Moreland in LF at home
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mitch Moreland may play some left field in 2014. But it's not likely to be at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said because left field in Arlington is different than other parks -- and deeper -- he wants some consistency. So that's Shin-Soo Choo's spot and it's unlikely that Moreland, who doesn't have much experience in left field, would play there.
But Washington has made it clear that he wants Moreland to get experience at a variety of positions in spring training so that he's prepared to play first base, the corner outfield spots and get some at-bats at designated hitter.
"He'll get his at-bats," Washington said.
Moreland said he'll go to Arizona ready to do whatever is asked of him. He has played enough in right field that he doesn't expect it to be a tough adjustment. He'll work with outfield coach Gary Pettis and is expected to run some drills with the outfielders.
"I just need to get out there and get some reps in," Moreland said about playing outfield. "It's something I work on. We've got plenty of time in spring training to get out there and get some work done. I've always put myself in position where I'm going to make the most of my training."
Moreland was in right field for all or part of 34 games in 2011 and played the corner spots at times in the minors, too.