Moreland (wrist) will be on the injured list longer than the minimum of 10 days, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Moreland landed on the 10-day IL on Tuesday, and manager Bob Melvin revealed Friday that the 35-year-old will be in a splint "for at least a few weeks," Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports. A better timetable for his return will likely be revealed once he sheds his splint, but Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis could split playing time as the designated hitter in Moreland's absence.
Moreland was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with left wrist tendinitis, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Moreland hasn't played since going 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in Thursday's loss to the Yankees, and him not appearing in the last three games seems likely to be due to the wrist issue. His move to the injured list is retroactive to Saturday, so he'll be eligible to be activated Sept. 7, though it's possible he'll require more time to recover. In his absence, Jed Lowrie becomes further cemented as the primary DH against right-handed starters, which should open up more playing time for Tony Kemp at the keystone.
Moreland is out of the lineup for the third time in four games Wednesday versus the White Sox, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Moreland had a brief window of playing time reopen last week when Josh Harrison (quadriceps) and Elvis Andrus (personal) missed a few games, but both players have since recaptured everyday roles in the middle infield. Jed Lowrie will serve as the Athletics' designated hitter Wednesday and is likely to see most of the reps against right-handed pitching moving forward, leaving Moreland will no path to steady at-bats while Oakland is nearly at full strength.
Moreland is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. With Josh Harrison (quadriceps) missing time of late, playing time has opened back up for Moreland, who started in each of the last four games while going 6-for-17 with three home runs and a triple. The lefty-hitting Moreland will move back to the bench with a southpaw (Kolby Allard) on the bump for Texas. Moreland's opportunities versus right-handed pitching could soon take a hit, as Harrison ran the bases Sunday and could be ready to rejoin the lineup Monday versus the White Sox, according to Martin Gallegos of MLB.com.
Moreland went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in an 8-3 win over the Rangers. Moreland homered for the third time in the last three games when he took Jordan Lyles deep to lead off the seventh inning, giving the Athletics a 4-3 edge. It was the 10th homer of the year for Moreland, who is 6-for-17 (.353) over his past four contests.