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Mitch Moreland misses two games with abscessed tooth

Apr 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Mitch Moreland was out of the Rangers’ lineup yesterday for the second straight game because of an abscessed tooth and will use today’s break in the schedule to undergo oral surgery, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

Mike Napoli came out from behind the plate to start at first base in Moreland’s absence yesterday, but Sullivan reports that the Rangers expect him to be ready to play again post-surgery as soon as tomorrow versus the Red Sox.

The tooth problems compound a rough start for Moreland, who’s followed up a disappointing sophomore season by going 3-for-20 (.150) through six games. He needs to start hitting to keep his job, so the clock will be ticking once Moreland returns from surgery.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I had one of those a few years ago and it is no fun at all.. my face was pretty swollen, but clears up pretty fast after surgery.

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