MLB notes: Rangers' Mitch Moreland out three months

Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hits an RBI single against the Detroit Tigers at...

Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hits an RBI single against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, May 25, 2014. (RICK OSENTOSKI/USA Today)

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Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will be sidelined for about three months due to left ankle surgery.

Moreland’s ankle has been bothering him since the start of the season. He has had injections and other treatments but has not been able to eliminate the pain.

Moreland recently took over at first base when Prince Fielder was deemed out for the season to have neck surgery.

Moreland, 28, is batting .246 with two home runs and 23 RBIs this season. In 2013, he had a career-high 23 home runs.

COLE TO DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with shoulder fatigue.

Cole, considered one of the top young arms in the major leagues, is 6-3 with a 3.64 ERA this season. He has thrown 76 2/3 innings over 12 starts.

The club had announced Saturday that the 23-year-old would miss his next start. The move is retroactive to June 4.

The Pirates recalled left-hander Jeff Locke from triple-A Indianapolis. Locke started Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cole made 19 starts last year after being promoted from the minors. He went 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA.

TWINS SIGN MORALES

The Minnesota Twins officially signed first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Sunday to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.

Morales’ portion of the deal is more than $7.4 million. Since Morales is not injured and is out of options, the club cannot send him to the minor leagues.

To make room for Morales on their 25-man roster, the Twins designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment

Kubel, 32, hit .224 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 156 at-bats this season.

“I just had a lot of good memories,” Kubel told Fox Sports North. “A lot of big wins. A lot of big homers. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Morales agreed to the deal on Saturday. He batted .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs with the Seattle Mariners last year.

DOWN GOES D’ARNAUD

The New York Mets optioned catcher Travis d’Arnaud to triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.

D’Arnoud, 25, hit .180 in 145 plate appearances this season. He missed more than two weeks earlier this season due to post-concussion symptoms.

The Mets recalled catcher Taylor Teagarden from Las Vegas to take d’Arnaud’s spot on the 25-man roster.

D’Arnaud entered the season as the No. 22 overall prospect by MLB.com. He came to the Mets in December 2012 as part of the trade that sent starting pitcher R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays.


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