ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Mitch Moreland will be out of the lineup on Friday when the Rangers play the White Sox.
The White Sox are starting left-hander John Danks, and Washington said he wanted as many right-handed hitters in the lineup as possible.So Washington said Yorvit Torrealba will catch, Mike Napoli will play first and Michael Young will be at designated hitter. Moreland is a career .229 hitter against left-handers with one home run and 13 RBIs in 131 at-bats. That includes 2-for-6 against Danks.
"He'll be in there the next day and he'll be in there a lot against left-handers," Washington said. "I'm more than certain that Moreland is going to be disappointed. I'll give him my explanation and I'll also tell him he's going to play in a lot of games for us." David Murphy, who hits left-handed, will start in left field against Danks. It will be his first start on Opening Day since 2008. Washington said he expects Nelson Cruz to be ready to play right field. He was hit by a pitch in the left elbow on Tuesday night and reliever Mike Adams was hit by a line drive in the left calf. But both are expected to be ready on Opening Day. "Nelson is ready to go," Washington said. "He'll probably have a little stiffness but it won't keep him out of the lineup. Adams will be ready to go, too."