Texas Rangers

June 9, 2014

Mitch Moreland to seek second opinion on ankle

The first baseman could be out of the Rangers’ lineup only a month if he opts against reconstruction surgery.

Mitch Moreland will seek a second opinion on his left ankle as he attempts to avoid a reconstruction surgery that would remove him from the Texas Rangers’ lineup for at least three months.

One option for Moreland is to have only the os trigonum bone that has grown behind the ankle bone removed, which would cost Moreland only three to four weeks. But it isn’t certain if that procedure would fix what has been called a chronic issue.

While he mulled his next move, the Rangers opted to not make a roster move Monday before the finale of the four-game series against Cleveland. Brad Snyder, an outfielder his entire career, was slated to start at first base for a second straight game for Triple A Round Rock, and he could be the choice once Moreland is placed on the disabled list.

Snyder is a left-handed hitter who entered Monday with 18 homers and 51 RBIs.

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