Moreland progressing toward on-time return

Moreland progressing toward on-time return

Moreland progressing toward on-time return

ARLINGTON -- Mitch Moreland, recovering from a strained right hamstring, said on Thursday that he's right on schedule to return from the 15-day disabled list on June 21.

Moreland ran the bases on Thursday, making turns and running straight through first base. He felt he's "80-90 percent running."

He added that Friday will be his big day on the bases, as he'll include more situations, such as running from first to third. Manager Ron Washington said that Moreland could face batting practice against Joakim Soria, who is also working toward a return from injury.

Moreland said that he hasn't had a setback since he was placed on the DL on June 6. Although there isn't a tentative date for his rehab assignment, Washington said that he will likely play a few games next week in the Minors before he's activated.

"We've talked about some things, but if it keeps progressing like it should, it won't be any longer than 15 [days]," Moreland said.

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