SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 26: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated after hitting a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Mitch Moreland is one of far too many Texas Rangers to have suffered serious injuries this season, and even though he sought a second opinion on his nagging ankle injury, it appears he might be headed for season-ending ankle reconstruction — the original prognosis when he hit the disabled list recently.
Moreland sought a second opinion on the ankle and was told he could undergo a lesser surgery that would put him on the shelf for only three or four weeks instead of three or four months, and while that is still a possibility, Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters in Oakland on Tuesday that the 28-year-old Moreland is leaning toward the season-ending variety and hopefully a one-time fix.
Moreland is eligible for arbitration following the season, and the fact he's going to miss the rest of the season is a huge blow to his future prospects with the Rangers, especially with Prince Fielder hopefully returning to full strength in 2015.
The club could possibly just cut ties with Moreland, who has never panned out as a hopeful full-time first baseman, forcing the Rangers to go trade for Fielder back in November.
If his season is indeed finished, it will be a year which saw him hit .246 with just two home runs in 52 games after he hit a career-high 23 homers in 2013.