Rangers call up journeyman Snyder to replace Moreland at 1B
06/10/2014 5:25 PM
06/10/2014 5:25 PM
Brad Snyder has been a journeyman in the minor leagues for most of his career, but has always felt he had the ability to play in the big leagues. He’ll get his next chance with the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers purchased the contract of the 32-year-old Snyder from Triple A Round Rock on Tuesday, and immediately put him in the lineup as the starting first baseman batting sixth against the Marlins. He’s expected to get the majority of starts against right-handers and could see time against left-handers depending on how he’s swinging the bat, manager Ron Washington said.
Mitch Moreland, who will get a second opinion on his injured left ankle Thursday, was placed on the disabled list to clear a spot on the active roster for Snyder. To make room on the 40-man, the team transferred Matt Harrison (back surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.
“It’s been a long road,” said Snyder, who has played in a total of 20 big league games in stints with the Cubs in 2010 and 2011.
“I’ve always felt that I’m well-equipped and definitely able to play in the big leagues. I just had bad timing. I feel great and I’m happy to be here.”
Snyder has primarily played in the outfield, but has taken a crash course at first base this past week. He started the previous two games at first base for Round Rock before his promotion. Those are his only starts professionally at first base, although he did play the position some in college and in winter ball.
The Rangers also feel Snyder has a chance to add some power in the lineup. He posted a .284 average with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs over 61 games.
“I made it a point, consciously, to try and hit more homers,” Snyder said. “Basically I’m seeing the ball up and being ready to hit anything in the zone. It’s been a pretty successful approach this year.”
Moreland, meanwhile, will fly to Charlotte, N.C., and get a second opinion on his left ankle Thursday. Moreland has been dealing with ankle issues all season and it has gotten to the point where he’s hurting himself and the team to continue playing.
“I don’t know what’s wrong in there. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on and figure out the best route to take to get it healthy,” Moreland said. “I’d like to get it healthy so I can help the team.”
Draft picks sign
The Rangers signed their second-, third- and fourth-round picks, and expect to announce the signing of first-rounder Luis Ortiz as early as Wednesday.
Prep shortstops Ti’Quan Forbes ($1.2 million) and Josh Morgan ($800,000) and junior college left-hander Brett Martin ($475,000) were introduced Tuesday at Globe Life Park and then sent to the airport to catch a flight to Arizona to begin their careers.
“Everyone says it’s great, but it’s going to be a grind,” Morgan said. “It’s been a great experience. I’m very happy with where I am.”
Ortiz, a hard-throwing right-hander taken with the 30th overall pick, was scheduled to arrive from California on Tuesday night and undergo a physical Wednesday.
Nine of the Rangers’ top-10 picks have signed or agreed to terms. Only seventh-rounder Nick Green, a junior college right-hander, is still negotiating.
Outfielder Jim Adduci hasn’t attempted to swing a bat since reinjuring his left little finger last weekend while rehabbing with Triple A Round Rock.
The hand specialist he saw hopes the swelling in the finger will respond to treatment in a few days and Adduci can resume baseball activities.
“I definitely messed it up a little bit,” Adduci said. “I got it caught in the ground. We just have to wait for the swelling to go down.”
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