Moreland on target for rehab assignment next week

Moreland on target for rehab assignment next week

ANAHEIM -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, on the disabled list since June 20 with a strained left hamstring, had another extensive workout at first base on Friday afternoon. Moreland passed all fielding tests and the next step will be running the bases on Saturday and Sunday.

If all of that goes well, Moreland could be ready for a medical rehabilitation assignment as early as next week when the Rangers return to Arlington.

"I ran full speed in Oakland before we left and this was my second day of ground balls," Moreland said. "It felt great, I didn't feel anything in my hamstring. The thing now is to make sure I have enough stamina. As soon as I know that, I'll be ready for a rehab assignment."

Moreland was expecting to be ready by Monday. That appears to be the case. The unknown variable is that his wife, Susannah, is due to give birth to the couple's first child on Wednesday. That may delay him being sent on rehab assignment. Otherwise he should be back in the Rangers lineup at some point during the upcoming homestand.

"Everything has gone as planned," Moreland said. "No setbacks. I'm feeling great."