Mitch Moreland has a loose body in his elbow and could miss two weeks if it continues to cause the joint to lock up, general manager Jon Daniels said.
The first baseman/designated hitter initially felt discomfort Wednesday while swinging a weighted bat in the on-deck circle as he prepped for an at-bat. He felt soreness Thursday, and the left elbow locked up Friday after a few swings and caused him to be scratched from the lineup.
He was sent to an area hospital for an MRI exam, which showed a piece of bone or cartilage in the joint. If he hasn’t improved enough by Monday to convince the Rangers that he should continue playing, he will have microscopic surgery and be held out of baseball activities for 7-10 days but return quickly.
“If the swelling goes down, it might be settled and I won’t feel it,” said Moreland, who wasn’t feeling any pain after the Rangers’ 3-1 win and hoped to play Saturday. “I don’t want it. It’s a freak thing. I’ve swung a heavy bat a million times. Everybody does it. It’s just one of those things.”
Moreland has never had a full season without an injury concern, the latest coming last year when he had reconstructive ankle surgery and missed most of the season.
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