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Moreland still mulling options with ankle surgery

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ARLINGTON -- Just one day after it was announced that he would have ankle reconstructive surgery and be sidelined for three months, Mitch Moreland has decided to at least explore a different option for his left ankle.

Moreland is considering foregoing the reconstructive surgery and having his os trigonum bone removed instead. Rangers catcher Geovany Soto had the same bone removed earlier this season in February.

The benefit of choosing the os trigonum procedure over the ankle reconstruction surgery is that if it is successful, Moreland could be back in three to four weeks, as opposed to three months. He's been battling ankle pain nearly all season, and said Monday that as hard as he tried to fight through it until the end of the season, he no longer could.

He's seeking a second opinion before he decides which procedure he'll choose.

"I just know he wanted a second opinion," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I haven't heard when they're going to do it, but I would imagine it'd be as soon as possible."

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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