{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Moreland gets first start in left

|
Moreland gets first start in left play video for Moreland gets first start in left

ARLINGTON -- Mitch Moreland got his first start of the season in the outfield on Wednesday and his first Major League start ever in left field. Shin-Soo Choo, recovering from a sprained left ankle, was back in the lineup for the second straight game but still being used at designated hitter.

Manager Ron Washington said Choo could be ready to return to the outfield on Friday against the Angels in Anaheim. The Rangers are off on Thursday.

"It's better but I wanted to give him the next couple of days," Washington said. "He could go out there tonight but I just wanted to give him another day. This was my choice."

Moreland had extensive work in the outfield in Spring Training, both in left and right field. He has played 45 games in right field during his Major League career but Tuesday was his first time in left.

Washington had been using Michael Choice in left field while Choo was sidelined but wanted to make sure Moreland was in the lineup with right-hander Jesse Chavez on the mound for Oakland.

"Mitch does a good job in left field," Washington said. "He's worked out there every day. He'll be fine. But if I have a lead late in the game, I'll use my defensive replacement."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español