The blows keep coming for the battered Rangers.
According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, first baseman and DH Mitch Moreland informed the club on Tuesday evening that he will undergo reconstructive surgery on his left ankle and miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
Moreland had been hoping to avoid the procedure, but his rehab was not going according to plan.
The 28-year-old was hitting .246/.297/.347 with two home runs and 23 RBI in 52 games before injuring his ankle in early June. Brad Snyder has taken over at first base for the Rangers, who are also without Prince Fielder (neck) the rest of the way in 2014.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.