Moreland not running at full speed yet

Moreland not running at full speed yet

Moreland not running at full speed yet
ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland has not enjoyed life on the disabled list.

"The DL stuff is pretty boring," Moreland said. "It's not a whole lot of fun. It's a lot more fun being on the field."

Moreland has been on the 15-day DL since June 22 with a strained left hamstring. While there are no issues with his swing, he has not been able to run at full speed yet. Over the last week, Moreland has walked and jogged on a treadmill several times and is encouraged with his progress.

"I'm ready to get back and play," Moreland said. "It's not really my swing that I'm trying to get through. I still think I can swing pretty well, it's not going to cut down on my reps. It's more getting in shape for the running and agility part of it."

Moreland was injured while running to first base during the second inning of the Rangers' 7-3 win over the Padres on June 19. He is batting .272 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in 55 games. Moreland's .513 slugging percentage is the third best on the team, behind only Josh Hamilton's Major League-leading .646 mark and Adrian Beltre's .521.

"There's still some weakness in it," Moreland said. "I'm jogging a little bit, just about every day. I've been getting some pool workouts in. I've been swinging off the tee. I'm pretty much swinging at will right now. So far, there haven't been a whole lot of limitations."