Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland woke up with a locked up left elbow again and was out of the lineup against the Mariners Tuesday night.
It’s the same injury he had 10 days ago.
He’s been able to grind through it but Tuesday’s setback may require Moreland to have a procedure to clean out the loose bone chip.
“I tried to fight through it this first time,” Moreland said. “It’s locked up again so I don’t know if there’s something we can do, move it around, get it dislodged or find a better spot. I don’t know what the deal is until I see the doctor.”
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Moreland was seeing team physician Keith Meister on Tuesday afternoon.
Manager Jeff Banister said Moreland was in his original lineup. Instead, Adam Rosales played first base and hit seventh.
“It’s been one of those things for Mitch each day to see how it feels,” Banister said. “We knew that was probably going to be the process. Best thing I can do is trust the doctors and the information.”
The injury was causing Moreland significant pain.
“Right now it’s pretty painful all the time,” said Moreland, who can’t fully extend his left arm. “It just hurts.”
Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez makes his second start for the Rangers in the series finale with the Mariners on Wednesday night.
Rodriguez, who was signed as a free agent after he was released by the Braves at the end of spring training, held the Angels to one run on five hits in five innings Friday. He threw 89 pitches, including 36 in the second and 20 in the third. He hopes to go longer against the Mariners.
“I threw a lot of pitches that day. I had a lot of 3-2 counts, a lot of foul balls,” he said. “I worked hard that day. Maybe tomorrow I can go a little bit longer.”
Rodriguez, who pitched eight years with the Astros before spending the previous three with the Pirates, was surprised when the Braves released him after a strong spring, including a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings.
“I was very surprised. I had good numbers in spring training and the last day they said we want to release you,” he said.
He’s happy to be back in Texas, however, closer to his full-time home in Houston.
Injured pitcher Derek Holland isn’t enjoying his time away from the club. In fact, he’s miserable. But count the left-hander as stoked about the team’s potential in the second half once he and fellow lefties Martin Perez and Matt Harrison return from injuries. Add the acquisition of Josh Hamilton and Holland is certifiably giddy.
“To be honest, I think we’re going to be a different team anyway,” Holland said. “If we stay on track we’re going to be just fine.
“Things haven’t been going the way we want them to, but ... when that time comes right before the All-Star break and we come back for that second half, things are going to heat up. If we just stay right there [in the thick of the AL West] and all our guys come back, get Josh back, watch out. I’m telling you.”
Been here before
The Rangers are atop a statistical category they ruled in 2014. And it’s not necessarily one to be proud of. Alex Claudio became Texas’ 18th pitcher Monday night, the most in the major leagues before Tuesday’s games. He’s the 32nd player used this season by the Rangers, tied for second-most with the Dodgers, behind the Rays, who’ve used 34.