Slumping Moreland given day to regroup

Slumping Moreland given day to regroup

Slumping Moreland given day to regroup
ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, who began the day in an 0-for-14 slump, was out of the Rangers' lineup for the second straight day even though the Orioles had a right-hander on mound.

Manager Ron Washington said he still expects Moreland to be back in the lineup on Wednesday against Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

"I just wanted to give him a couple days to relax a little bit," Washington said. "He'll be back in there tomorrow. There is nothing wrong with him physically, he has just been trying too hard. There is nothing wrong with trying, he has just been trying too hard."

Moreland was 5-for-32 (.132) over his past 11 games to fall from .299 to .273, but does have three home runs in that time.

"I've hit some balls hard, they've made some plays on me," Moreland said. "When you don't get those results, that's when you start pressing or trying to do too much, almost hit the ball too hard, in a way, getting under something and not hitting the ball like you want to. I'm just trying to get my approach back to squaring the ball up, and staying through it and staying on it a little bit more."

Moreland has been given a couple of days off, but he's still getting much work in the cages with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh.

"I'm going to focus on the things I've been focusing on," Moreland said. "Trying to stay on top of the ball, or the top half of the ball instead of underneath it a little bit. I feel like that's what I've kind of gotten into a little bit. Try not to worry about the results part of it as much.

"I feel like once you hit a ball and they make a diving play on it, maybe something else happens, you start pressing a little bit. That's how the rough patches are started. I've just got to keep going out and playing the game and it will take care of itself."