04/23/12 6:25 PM ET
Pressed into outfield, Moreland passes test
By T.R. Sullivan and Todd Wills / MLB.com
Moreland, making his first appearance in the outfield since last season, faced a routine popup for the first out of the inning, then had to deal with a high fly ball off the bat of Tigers slugger Prince Fielder into the right-field corner that hugged the foul line on what was a windy day.
"I ran toward the line, and the wind was taking the ball," Moreland said. "I just stayed with it."
Moreland, who had pinch-hit for Brandon Snyder in the top of the 11th, didn't rob Fielder of a home run, but it wasn't the easiest play for someone who gets limited time in the outfield.
"From my angle, where I saw it, Fielder missed it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Moreland can catch the ball. If he can get to it, it's an out."
His MRI clear, Beltre may return on Tuesday
ARLINGTON -- The MRI exam on Adrian Beltre's left hamstring came back normal, and the Rangers could get their All-Star third baseman back for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Beltre has mild inflammation in the hamstring area and is listed as day to day. He was out of the lineup for Monday's series opener.
Beltre said before Monday's game that he could return soon and that a stint on the disabled list isn't necessary. Beltre missed five weeks in the second half of last season with a strained left hamstring.
"I feel good," Beltre said. "I was trying to fight my way into the lineup tonight, but I didn't fight hard enough. Maybe tomorrow."
Washington confident Yu can corral emotions
ARLINGTON -- The postponement of Sunday night's Yankees-Red Sox game in Boston set up an all-Japanese pitching matchup on Tuesday between the Rangers' Yu Darvish and New York's Hiroki Kuroda.
Darvish, who will make his fourth Major League start, has already dealt with the intense scrutiny of facing Ichiro Suzuki for the first time, when the Mariners were in Texas during the Rangers' last homestand.
Texas manager Ron Washington said he doesn't have to say anything to Darvish about facing off against his countryman.
"I don't think I have to control Yu's emotions," Washington said. "I think he's past that. It's obvious [the matchup is] what it is."
Rangers lose pitcher Miller to surgery
ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Justin Miller has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow that will require Tommy John surgery and sideline him at least through this season. Miller was with the Rangers in Spring Training and was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, but he had not yet pitched in a game.
"It was a one-time thing," Rangers farm director Tim Purpura said. "He had some pain, we had it looked at and found it was torn. There was no knowledge beforehand there was anything wrong. It's regrettable.
The Rangers released Miller in order to make room on their 40-man roster. Purpura said that at some point, the club intends to re-sign Miller, who was a 16th-round pick by the Rangers out of Fresno State in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and went 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 48 games with Double-A Frisco last season.
Boras expects lefty Gonzalez to sign soon
ARLINGTON -- Agent Scott Boras, in town for Ivan Rodriguez's retirement ceremony on Monday, said that left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez is close to being fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. Gonzalez, who is a free agent, is starting to throw bullpen sessions for interested teams.
"He should sign in the next 10 days," Boras said.
Gonzalez spent the last month of the 2011 season with the Rangers and was on their postseason roster. The Rangers offered the lefty a Minor League contract in Spring Training, but he declined it.
Washington said he's more than aware he's down to a three-man bench, with Beltre nursing his hamstring injury, but the manager tries not to bring his bench into the equation.
"I don't want to think about a weakness," Washington said.
First baseman Brad Hawpe is batting .306 with two home runs for Frisco, amid reports that he is healthy. But the Spring Training non-roster invitee isn't on the Rangers' radar at this point.
"We're too busy to be concerned with Hawpe," Washington said.
Starting pitcher Colby Lewis has gone 25 2/3 consecutive innings without issuing a walk since his lone free pass in his Opening Day start against the White Sox. It is the sixth-longest walkless streak in club history.
Round Rock right-hander Neil Ramirez was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week after winning both of his starts last week. Ramirez, 22, threw six scoreless innings in each start.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.