Moreland could require left elbow surgery

Rangers DH injured elbow Wednesday swinging weighted bat

Moreland could require left elbow surgery

SEATTLE -- Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland may need surgery to remove a "loose body" from his left elbow. The Rangers should know more in the next few days but the surgery would be minor and would likely sideline him 2-3 weeks at the most.

Moreland injured the elbow swinging a weighted bat in the on-deck circle before his last at-bat on Wednesday. Moreland said the elbow felt sore on Thursday and then locked up on him before Friday's game with the Mariners.

He was scratched from the lineup and taken for tests. The results showed a loose body moving around in the elbow. The Rangers will wait a couple of days to see where the body settles. If it settles in an unobtrusive spot, Moreland can continue playing. If it settles in the elbow joint, Moreland would likely need arthroscopic surgery.

"It was kind of a freaky thing," Moreland said. "I have been swinging a weighted bat all my life. Everybody does it. I'm hoping for best-case scenario. I'll come in tomorrow feeling great and be ready to play."

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said a decision would probably be made by Monday.

"It all depends on where it settles," Daniels said. "If it settles in the joint, that's the worst-case scenario. If it hasn't settled in a good spot, we'll probably have it taken care of."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.