Rangers get Moreland back in lineup

ARLINGTON, Texas — An erratic Texas offense got a boost Monday when first baseman Mitch Moreland was activated from the disabled list.

Moreland, who is in Monday’s starting lineup batting ninth, missed 31 games with a strained left hamstring. Before going on the DL, Moreland was hitting .272 with 10 home runs and 25 RBI.

“Everybody in here knows what we’re capable of as a team,” said Moreland, who was 5 for 19 on his rehab stint. “We’re going to go through those throughout the year. I’m just happy to be back and be with this group of guys and get back playing and help out any way I can.”

To make room for Moreland the club sent outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple A Round Rock.

Moreland’s return will give manager Ron Washington a little more flexibility with his lineup. Michael Young has handled the majority of the work at first base in Moreland’s absence. Young was the designated hitter Monday. Washington said now he’ll have the chance to use Young to spell Ian Kinsler some at second base and Adrian Beltre at third.