6/19/2013 8:18 P.M. ET
Moreland to work out with Rangers on Thursday
By Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Mitch Moreland will return to the Rangers following three rehab games with Double-A Frisco.
Moreland can't be activated off the disabled list until Friday, but he'll work out with the club before its day game against the Athletics on Thursday.
The Rangers will face the Cardinals for a three-game series at Busch Stadium after Moreland's return. With the absence of a designated hitter at a National League park, manager Ron Washington said that he hasn't thought about where he'll play Moreland and Lance Berkman.
"With Moreland's first time back, I may just take the time [for Berkman to pinch-hit], and it just might be a break for him," Washington said. "I don't think [Berkman] has any sentimental feelings about being back in St. Louis. If he does, he can come into my office, and I might think about it."
Moreland went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs in his final rehab assignment on Wednesday. He went 6-for-9 in his last two games after starting his assignment going 0-for-3 as the DH.
Berkman was the DH on Wednesday after playing first base on Tuesday. Washington thought he'd be pushing Berkman if he put him at first on consecutive days.
Instead Robinson Chirinos manned first base in his first start there in the Majors. He was called up on Tuesday after the Rangers optioned Chris McGuiness to Triple-A Round Rock and placed Jeff Baker on the DL. Chirinos, who saw action at catcher, first base and third base at Round Rock, went 3-for-12 with two doubles in three starts with the Rangers from May 10-20.
"Even if I'm playing first base in my first game, I'm excited just to be here and be in the lineup," Chirinos said. "I'm just going to go out there, have fun and help the club win."
Washington shuffles the lineup deck again
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had yet another lineup change.
Nelson Cruz was bumped up to third in the order on Wednesday, switching spots with Lance Berkman in the fifth spot. Cruz hasn't hit third since 2010, when he appeared there seven times. He's 11-for-31 with a home run, four doubles and two RBIs for his career hitting third.
"I'm pretty nervous; it's tough to be hitting third," Cruz said sarcastically. "It's the same. You're going to be up there, and they're going to throw the same pitches whether you hit it or not."
The Rangers have had 12 lineups in the last 13 games, dating back to June 7 at Toronto. It's their 50th batting order in 72 games.
"It's just the nature of who I have to play because of the injuries," manager Ron Washington said. "I like to keep a consistent lineup, I just haven't been able to."
Although the Rangers scored just two runs on Tuesday, Washington said the offense isn't in the same slump it was when the team lost six straight. He gave credit to Oakland's Jarrod Parker, who kept Texas' offense fighting from behind the count throughout the game.
"When we were in that spell, I think that we were giving up at-bats too quick," Washington said. "We ended up winning a ballgame, and the bats settled down a lot more."
Stitches in his chin, Kinsler in action for Texas
ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington considered removing Ian Kinsler from Tuesday's game following his home-plate collision.
Washington wanted to see what Dr. Keith Meister thought about the gash on the bottom of Kinsler's chin after it collided with catcher John Jaso's mask. Meister, who worked with the NHL's Dallas Stars, quickly applied three stitches to the wound.
"Dr. Meister is a hockey man," Washington said. "'Drop a couple of stitches and [go] back on the field.' That's what he did. ... There wasn't an issue."
Kinsler said that even though the area was numb after the impact, he received three anesthetic shots before Meister applied the stitches. Kinsler doesn't know when the stitches will be removed, and he sported a bandage to protect the area during Wednesday's game.
"It was deep, it wasn't huge," Kinsler said. "My face wasn't hanging off my shoulder or anything like that. It was just a cut that needed some stitches."
Kinsler hasn't seen the replay of the incident, and he also didn't see Jurickson Profar recoil when Kinsler trotted to the dugout with blood on his jersey.
"If he's scared of that, he hasn't seen a lot in his life," he said. "It was just a cut."
• The Rangers have a .294 winning percentage in June, and they have scored 2.88 runs per game. Both numbers are the lowest in the Majors this month. It's the first time the Rangers have scored as few as 49 runs in any 17-game span since 1992.
• The Rangers have a .301 slugging percentage in the first inning, the lowest in the Majors this season. They're hitting .211 with a .281 on-base percentage in the first frame.
• Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito threw out the first pitch on Wednesday. Alito was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2005 and sworn in on Jan. 31, 2006.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.