Moreland will have his knee examined Tuesday to see if surgery is needed, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Moreland said the broken toe he sustained back in June led to a knee problem towards the end of the season, and while he was able to play through the pain, he'll have it checked out now that the Red Sox have been eliminated from the playoffs. There should be a clearer idea regarding his status following Tuesday's evaluation.
Moreland is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against Houston on Friday, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports. Moreland will occupy a seat on the bench with left-hander Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for the Astros. In his place, Hanley Ramirez draws the start at first while Chris Young will make an appearance in the DH spot.
Moreland isn't in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against Houston. Moreland has logged at least one hit in each of his last four games, including two home runs. He'll head to the bench Sunday to get some rest before beginning a playoff series against the Astros on Thursday. Moreland slashed .246/.326/.443 and hit 22 home runs over 149 games, marking his third straight season in which he's hit at least 20 homers. Sam Travis will start at first in his place.
Moreland went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Thursday's 12-2 loss to Houston. Moreland has shown remarkable consistency, swatting either 22 or 23 home runs in four of the past five seasons now that he's up to 22 in 2017. He's also over the 70-run mark for the first time in his career with 71 and is three RBI short of reaching 80 for only the second time.
Moreland is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports. Moreland will get the day off as the Blue Jays deploy a left-handed starter (J.A. Happ). In his place, Sam Travis will start at first base and bat fifth.
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