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.
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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.