From the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, John Blake …
Moreland missed exactly 15 days following surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. He was batting .304/.393/.457 in 16 games before landing on the disabled list despite playing through discomfort that those loose bodies were causing. Moreland will resume serving as the Rangers’ primary designated hitter.
Smolinski was able to crack the Opening Day roster with a big spring, but the 26-year-old outfielder wound up batting just .140/.290/.220 in 62 regular-season plate appearances. He’ll probably get another shot soon.
Last week there was a report that the San Diego Padres were doing “due diligence” on former Rangers manager and current Braves third base coach Ron Washington in connection with their managerial opening. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that Washington has already had an interview and that, in fact, the Padres are planning to call him back for a second round.
Also getting a second look: Rangers field coordinator Jayce Tingler. Which suggests that GM A.J. Preller, formerly a Rangers assistant GM, is favoring guys he knows from his time in Texas.
Washington managed the Texas Rangers from 2007 into 2014, winning two pennants and compiling a record of 664-611 (.521). He stepped down for personal reasons but since then has returned to the job in which he made his considerable reputation: coaching, specifically coaching infielders, and has gotten rave reviews. Assuming he’s back up for the grind of managing — and he wouldn’t be interviewing if he was not — he is definitely someone based on results and reputation who deserves another shot at the helm.
Tingler, a former Rangers farm hand, has coached in their organization at both the minor and major league levels for 12 years.