Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had surgery on his right wrist today. The expected recovery time is eight to 12 weeks.
If it takes the full 12 weeks, that could hamper Moreland at the beginning of spring training. The timetable means that 12 weeks would be right around when games start on March 4 in Surprise.
The Rangers said the wrist injury made evaluating Moreland's 2011 season difficult. He's slated to be the club's first baseman in 2012 if he's healthy and ready to go. He hit .259 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs in 134 games for the Rangers last season and started 89 games at first base, 28 in right field and was the DH in seven games. The wrist bothered Moreland for most of the second half of the season. He hit just .241 with five homers and 27 RBIs after the All-Star break. He was just 3-for-29 (.103) with two homers and three RBIs in the postseason.
Moreland hit .255 in his rookie year in 2010, coming up to the big leagues in the middle of the season. He had a good postseason, batting .348 with one homer (in Game 3 of the World Series) and seven RBIs.
The Rangers want to see what Moreland can do once he's healthy.