Mitch Moreland returns to the Rangers’ lineup tonight after missing three games following oral surgery for an abscessed tooth, but Michael Young will be on the bench with a back injury.
Moreland is set to play Young’s usual spot, designated hitter, while Brandon Snyder is getting the start at first base.
Young exited last night’s game with lower back stiffness, but there’s no indication that the Rangers think he’ll miss significant time. He missed just three games in 2011 and five games in 2010.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.
Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.
In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”