Texas Rangers

June 16, 2014

Mitch Moreland wants another opinion on ankle

The first baseman is leaning toward a procedure that would end his season but extend his career.

First baseman Mitch Moreland is leaning toward having a significant procedure to fix his ailing left ankle, one that will end his season.

Moreland will see a third specialist Tuesday at the University of Iowa as he continues to seek the best treatment, but general manager Jon Daniels said that Moreland isn’t as inclined to have just the OS Trigonum bone removed.

That procedure would cost him only a month, but it comes with no guarantees that his ankle will be fine the rest of his career.

“The way Mitch is looking at it is that when he comes back, he wants to be 100 percent,” Daniels said. “He’s got a pretty big decision. We just want him to get it right.”

Without Moreland, the Rangers have been platooning converted outfielder Brad Snyder and utility man Donnie Murphy at first base. Neither had played a game at first base until this month.

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