ARLINGTON — Injured Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had a boot on his left ankle on Thursday, a week after having a cast removed.He had ankle reconstruction surgery on June 23. He played in 52 games while dealing with ankle pain.“It’s feeling a lot better. It was great to get the cast off so I could actually take a shower without a trash bag on me,” Moreland said.He said it’s a little early to determine how good the repaired ankle feels with the boot, which he may have to wear for another month.“I’m still pretty confined with the boot as far the mobility. But it feels great,” he said. “The pain I was feeling hadn’t been there but there’s some stiffness and I probably need to build some strength back up there before I can really tell a huge difference.”Moreland hopes to be 100 percent by spring training but has no timetable yet for returning to baseball work.
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