Wash wouldn't have used Moreland on mound

Wash wouldn't have used Moreland on mound

Wash wouldn't have used Moreland on mound
ANAHEIM -- Manager Ron Washington said he considered the possibility of using a position player to pitch on Wednesday in the Rangers' 21-8 loss to the Mariners. Koji Uehara was able to get the Rangers through the ninth inning, otherwise Washington would have used a position player.

It wasn't going to be Mitch Moreland, even though he was a reliever at Mississippi State. At one point, the Rangers thought about using Moreland as a pitcher early in his Minor League days. But Washington said he isn't going to use him at the Major League level even though Moreland wanted to pitch on Wednesday.

"I wasn't going to use Mitch," Washington said. "I didn't want him having flashbacks to Mississippi State, try to do something and have his arm follow the ball up to home plate. Try to break off a breaking ball and there goes his elbow. Then my job is on the line. I don't want my job on the line."

Washington said he would have used either Craig Gentry or Alberto Gonzalez.