Moreland close to full strength for start of camp

Moreland close to full strength for start of camp

FORT WORTH -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, who had surgery on his right wrist at the end November, said he is "feeling great" and could be close to full strength going into Spring Training. Moreland was expected to need 8-12 weeks of recovery from the surgery and the Rangers expected he might be behind others when Spring Training started.

That's probably going to be the case but Moreland is now hitting four times a week with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and doing all of his conditioning.

"Going into Spring Training, I'll be in some kind of routine, but I don't think there will be many limitations," Moreland said. "They said we'll go how I feel. If I feel good, we'll keep going through it. That's going to be for me to find out. Nobody will know until we get there but me. Right now I'm feeling good."

Moreland was bothered by the wrist for most of the second half of last season and the playoffs. According to what the doctor told Moreland, he had an "impact fracture" in the wrist that forced a bone out of place and it started grinding against cartilage.

"I know it's going to be better than last year," Moreland said. "It was pretty bad the last month. There were days that I would go into the [indoor batting] cage, I'd just come out for batting practice, take two, three, four swings and see how I feel. We got through it."

The Rangers have made a couple of moves this offseason to protect themselves at first base in case Moreland has a setback. They have signed Brad Hawpe, a left-handed hitter, and Conor Jackson, who hits right-handed, to Minor League contracts with an invitation to Spring Training.