ARLINGTON, Texas – Brad Snyder is the next man up for the Texas Rangers at first base.
The Rangers purchased the contract of the rookie from Triple A Round Rock and inserted him into Tuesday’s starting lineup.
Snyder, 32, made two starts at first base for Round Rock. For the season, he’s batting .284 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI. Snyder briefly played in the majors in 2010 and 2011 for the Chicago Cubs, batting .167 in 36 at-bats over 20 games.
"It’s going to take a little bit of time but I’ve been working at it the last week or so," said Snyder, who has primarily been an outfielder throughout his career. "I’ve been getting a lot of reps, a lot of fundamental stuff. Just go out and play. That’s what it comes down to."
Texas manager Ron Washington said Snyder wouldn’t necessarily be the everyday first baseman and that others could see time against left-handed pitching. Snyder, who was working with bench coach Tim Bogar Tuesday, will continue to get a crash course at first while he’s with the Rangers.
Snyder is happy to have the opportunity to be back in the majors regardless of the position he’s at.
"This is a chance to show I can play anywhere in the field," who did play some first base in winter ball and in college.
Snyder will be the fourth player to start at first for Texas this year, joining Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland and Donnie Murphy.
The Rangers made roster room for Snyder by putting Moreland on the 15-day disabled list because of his left ankle. Moreland will get a second opinion on the ankle Thursday in Charlotte and then decide what to do.
His options are to have surgery to remove the os trigonum bone, which would cost him three to four weeks, or to have ankle reconstruction surgery. That procedure could end Moreland’s season.
"I’m just ready to get it right," Moreland said. "I don’t know what’s wrong in there. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on and trying to figure out the best route to take to get it healthy so I can get on the field and be ready to go."
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster the club moved Matt Harrison to the 60-day disabled list.
Harrison had lumbar disk fusion surgery last week and will miss the remainder of the season.