Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has placed first baseman Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8, with Os Trigonum Syndrome in his left ankle. To take his place on the active roster, the club has purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Brad Snyder (#64) from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster for Snyder, the team has transferred left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.
Moreland has batted .246 with 2 home runs and 23 RBI in 52 games for Texas this season, playing much of the year with left ankle soreness. He will receive a second opinion on his injured left ankle before considering his surgery options, and any surgery would likely not take place until the end of this week. This is the third straight season for Moreland to have a disabled list stint.
Snyder, 32, will be in uniform and seeking to make his Texas debut tonight against Miami. He has spent the season at Round Rock, batting .284 (66-232) with 18 home runs, 11 doubles, and 51 RBI. The left-handed batter has a higher average against left-handers (.289) than versus right-handers (.282). Snyder ranks among Pacific Coast League leaders in home runs (2nd), runs (2nd, 46), extra-base hits (T3rd, 30), total bases (T3rd, 133), and RBI (4th). He has averaged a home run every 12.89 at-bats, 2nd-best ratio among PCL qualifiers. Over his last 23 games, Snyder has a .364 (32-88) average with 8 homers, 7 doubles, and 24 RBI.
Snyder, who retains rookie status this season, saw his only major league action with the Chicago Cubs in 2010-11, batting .167 (6-36) with no home runs and 5 RBI in 20 games. He was a non-roster invitee to Rangers camp this spring, batting .240 (6-25) with a double, homer, and 6 RBI in 16 games with Texas.
Harrison was placed on the disabled list on May 14 after going 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA (8 ER/17.1 IP) in 4 games/starts for Texas. He underwent lumbar L5-S1 disk fusion surgery performed by Dr. Drew Dossett at the Carroll Clinic in Dallas on June 3 and is expected to miss the remained of the season.
The Rangers have used the disabled list 19 times in 2014, including 13 current players on the disabled list, both the highest figures in the majors.
After today's moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.