St. Louis, MO – Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Texas Rangers activated first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Moreland was placed on the disabled list on April 29 and had surgery that day to remove bone chips from his left elbow. He went 0-for-11 with six walks in a four-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.
Moreland was hitting .304 with one home run and nine RBI in 16 games before landing on the DL.
To make room for Moreland on the active roster, the Rangers optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Round Rock. Smolinski batted .140 with one home run, five RBI and 10 walks in 25 games.
Additionally, Texas purchased the contract of pitcher Sam Freeman from Round Rock and designated pitcher Stolmy Pimentel for assignment.