Rangers activate Mitch Moreland, send down Jake Smolinski

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Rangers have activated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the disabled list following his recovery from left elbow surgery, and they have optioned outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.

Moreland was in the lineup against Kansas City on Wednesday night after going 0 for 11 with six walks during a four-game rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock. He had surgery April 29 to remove bone chips from his elbow. It was the first day he was eligible to come off the 15-day DL.

In 16 games before surgery, Moreland hit .304 with one home run and nine RBIs.

Smolinski made an opening-day roster for the first time in his career but hit just .140 in 50 at-bats. He has played in 25 games, with most of his 16 starts in left field.

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