Bruised toe forces Moreland to remain at DH

Bruised toe forces Moreland to remain at DH

NEW YORK -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was at designated hitter on Wednesday against the Yankees for the second time in as many nights, dealing with a bruised left toe. On Monday night, Moreland fouled a pitch off the toe, which was black and blue for a second game.

"It happens all the time," Moreland said. "I'm good. I can play. It feels a lot better today than it did [Tuesday] night."

Moreland entered Wednesday's game hitless in his last eight at-bats but was hitting .326 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 15 games since his return from the disabled list on July 30.

By using Moreland at DH, manager Ron Washington was also able to get Mike Olt in the lineup at first base. Olt has started four games at first and one at third base since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Aug. 2. Olt has yet to start at DH, and Washington would prefer not to use him there.

"It's hard for a young player to find a routine, get locked in and get ready as a DH," Washington said. "If he is involved in the game, he doesn't have to sit around and think."