Ankle surgery to cost Moreland three months
First baseman tried to hold off procedure, but pain was becoming too much
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers can't seem to catch a break from injuries, and first baseman Mitch Moreland is the latest player to go down. General manager Jon Daniels announced Sunday morning that Moreland will have left ankle reconstruction surgery either Monday or Tuesday.
Daniels said that Moreland, who is batting .246, has likely been dealing with pain all season. Moreland had a few injections to help ease the pain, but ultimately they only provided short-term relief. He is expected to be sidelined for three months.
"He hasn't been as productive recently, and I think he's frustrated," Daniels said. "He came in and told the staff that he doesn't feel like it's getting better. The injections have stopped working, and he wants to get it addressed."
Moreland said he sprained the ankle while Texas was playing a series in Seattle, which caused additional swelling. He said the question all along wasn't if he'd have surgery, but rather when. Dr. John Crates will perform the surgery.
"There's no lower half … it's to the point where it's affecting me trying to go out and play," Moreland said. "I tried to fight it off until the end of the year. I knew I was going to have to have surgery. They told me you can do everything you can to try to get to the end of the year. I can't do it anymore."
No roster move was made Sunday regarding Moreland, but the Rangers currently have 12 players on the disabled list.
Daniels said that he can't explain all of the injuries.
"It's hard to put your finger on it. It's been a little bit of everything," Daniels said. "We've had ankles, we've had backs, we've had elbows, we've had legs, shin bones. I have not really been able to connect the dots."
Donnie Murphy played first base on Sunday.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.