Moreland ready to begin rehab assignment

Moreland ready to begin rehab assignment

ANAHEIM -- Mitch Moreland, who is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, will report to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday to begin his medical rehabilitation assignment.

He will play for Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday, and then rejoin his wife Susannah on Wednesday as she prepares to give birth to the couple's first child. When Moreland is ready, he will return to Round Rock to finish out his rehab assignment next weekend. He could be activated off the disabled list by the time the Rangers open a three-game series against the Angels a week from Monday.

"I'm hoping by the end of the week he'll be ready to go," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

That would allow the Rangers to send rookie outfielder Leonys Martin back to Triple-A to start playing regularly again.

Martin is hitless in his last 16 at-bats and was out of the lineup again on Sunday night against the Angels. He hasn't played since last Saturday in Seattle.

"It's not ideal but it's where we are right now," Daniels said. "Hopefully, Mitch is not far away. [Martin] has handled it well. He's gotten his work in and stayed ready."