July 28th, 2012
Mitch Moreland continued his major league rehab assignment with Frisco tonight. It’s the first time Moreland has been back to Dr Pepper Ballpark since he played with the RoughRiders in 2009. During his time in Frisco, Moreland batted .326, which is in the ‘Riders top five all-time batting averages, while hitting eight home runs with 59 RBIs.
Moreland said it was good to be back playing at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
“I had a blast here. I told some of the guys earlier, I forgot how much fun it was at this park,” Moreland said. “We had a good time here in 2009. My season was shortened with an injury, a foot injury, but I wish it wouldn’t have because I had a great time here and it’s good to be back and play with the RoughRiders again.”
Moreland had the opportunity to play with former ‘Riders teammate Guilder Rodriguez while rehabbing with Triple-A Round Rock and Moreland said it brought back good memories. He played two games with the Express before making his way to Frisco.
Originally placed on the disabled list on Jun 22, Moreland has been working had to rehab from a strained left hamstring. He said it’s definitely a work-in-progress and that he feels like he’s almost ready to head back to the Rangers.
“That first week we really didn’t do a whole lot other than ice and didn’t put too much stress on it. We picked up the running and jogging the second week and just kind of built on that,” Moreland said. “I think this is probably the fifth or sixth week now so it feels good right now. I think I’m pretty close and looking forward to getting back out on the field.”
When he returns to the Rangers, Moreland said the team will continue to focus on winning games.
“We try to take it one game at a time. I think we’d be lying if I said we weren’t thinking about it,” Moreland said. “We’ve gotten close the last two years and I think it’s made everybody that much more hungry for it. We’re going to go out and keep playing well during the regular season and once we get there, hopefully we can finish the deal this time.”
Story by Jarah Wright