And the disabled list for the Texas Rangers continues to grow as first baseman Mitch Moreland will be out for the next three months. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com says that GM Jon Daniels announced that Moreland will undergo ankle reconstruction surgery. The procedure will occur either on Monday or Tuesday.
Moreland had taken over the first base duties in light of Prince Fielder being out for the season after having neck surgery. Moreland had started 2 of the team’s last 21 games at the position.
For the season, Moreland has produced a slashline of .246/.297/.347 with two homers and 23 RBI. Since taking over at first on May 16 (Fielder’s last game, but Prince was the DH), Moreland’s numbers are .190/.247/.266 with one home runs and 10 driven in.
Another blow to the injury-riddled Rangers. Aside from Fielder, a pair of their starters are done for the season in Matt Harrison (spine surgery) and Martin Perez (Tommy John surgery). Reliever Pedro Figueroa also needed TJS. Second baseman Jurickson Profar re-injured his shoulder in mid-May and all indications are he’s out for remainder of the season.
Donnie Murphy, who had started the other game at first base in Fielder’s absence, gets the start in today’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
The Rangers begin play today with a 31-31 record and in 4th place in the AL West. They sit 7 games behind division-leading Oakland.