Mitch Moreland was cleared to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Frisco on Monday.

The Rangers plan on having Moreland played three games on the assignment and come off the disabled list for the series-opener at St. Louis on Friday. Moreland has been out since June 6 because of a strained right hamstring.

“I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” Moreland said. “I feel like I’m ready to come back.”

In Moreland’s absence, the Rangers have used Jeff Baker, Lance Berkman and Chris McGuiness at first base. They have combined to hit .224 with four homers and eight RBIs in 85 at-bats. That includes three homers and five RBIs by Baker.

McGuiness, the rookie, has started throughout the six-game losing streak. His 4-for-18 with no RBIs and eight strikeouts in those games.

BRIEFLY: Jeff Baker reported improvement in his sprained right thumb, an injury that kept him out of the four-game series against Toronto. Manager Ron Washington said the club does not expect to put Baker on the disabled list and believes he could return during the weekend series at St. Louis. … The first ball hit at Jurickson Profar at third base was a wicked line drive by Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning. The liner skimmed off Profar’s glove for a single. “I don’t think he’s ever seen a ball come at him as fast as that one,” Washington said. … Slugger-laden Hickory lost on the final day of the first half in the South Atlantic League, allowing Hagerstown of the Washington organization to slip by and win the Northern Division title. Hickory has 106 homers, nearly 50 more than any other league team, in 70 games. … Myrtle Beach, of the Class A Carolina League, clinched a first-half Southern Division title on Saturday night.