Palmetto Pros: Chris McGuiness will make MLB debut for Rangers tonight

Former Citadel standout Chris McGuiness could make his MLB debut tonight for Texas. (Wade Spees/

Called up Thursday by the Texas Rangers, former Citadel standout Chris McGuiness will make his Major League Baseball debut tonight, when the Rangers are at Toronto.

McGuiness, from James Island High School, is in the lineup at first base and batting eighth for tonight’s game.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he expects McGuiness to get the majority of at-bats while first baseman Mitch Moreland is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring.

“I don’t care how he hits or what he produces,” Washington said. “He’s a natural first baseman. That’s what matters to me. He can move around the base and do what needs to be done. That’s what I wanted, a natural first baseman.”

McGuiness, 25, was batting .275 with six homers and 34 runs batted-in for Class AAA Round Rock when he was called up.

Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in pro baseball:

• Former Citadel pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (Beaufort) threw seven shutout innings but got a no-decision in Class AAA Oklahoma City’s 2-1 loss to Omaha. Wojciechowski gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five to lower his earned-run average to 3.23. He’s 2-2 in seven starts since being promoted to Class AAA.

• Marty Gantt (Mount Pleasant, College of Charleston was 0 for 3, walked and scored a run for Class A Bowling Green. He’s batting .291.

In the majors:

• Matt Wieters (Stratford HS) played designated hitter and was 1 for 4 in the Orioles’ 3-1 win over the Astros. He’s batting .237.

• Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) was 1 for 4 and scored a run in the Yankees’ 6-1 win over the Mariners. He’s batting .265.