Moreland comes off DL to start against Angels

Moreland comes off DL to start against Angels

Moreland comes off DL to start against Angels
ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mitch Moreland was back in the Rangers lineup on Monday after being activated off the disabled list. The Rangers made room for him by returning outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock.

Moreland hasn't played with the Rangers since straining his left hamstring muscle in a game against the Padres on June 19. He was 5-for-19 in five games on a medical rehabilitation assignment.

"I feel great and my hamstring feels great," Moreland said. "I played five games and I feel like I'm ready to play and get back out there. I have to be careful, but I've tested it a couple of times and have had no problems, just normal tightness and soreness. Everything else has been good."

Moreland is hitting .255 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in 55 games with the Rangers. He has a .326 on-base percentage and a .513 slugging percentage.

"I'm just looking for Moreland to be what he was before he went down, a player who can make a difference," manager Ron Washington said. "It may take him awhile to make adjustments, but it's nice to have him in the lineup because he can make a difference."

Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.