ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is officially on the disabled list. Now he is looking for answers to why his left ankle has been bothering him since Spring Training.
It could be Os Trigonum Syndrome, which would require a bone to removed from the ankle and would sideline him 3-4 weeks. Catcher Geovany Soto had the same issue in Spring Training. Moreland could also need reconstructive surgery and miss the rest of the season.
There is no definitive answer yet and Moreland will get a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist, on Thursday in North Carolina.
"We need to get it right," Moreland said. "I don't know what's wrong. We're trying to figure out what's going on and what's the best route to get back on the field."
The ankle has been bothering him since Spring Training. He had one pain-relieving injection during camp and another during the season, and neither did much to reduce the discomfort. Moreland tried to play through the problem because of all the other Rangers injuries, especially the one to Prince Fielder. But it wasn't doing much good. Moreland was hitting .246 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and a .347 slugging percentage in 52 games.
"I wanted to do anything I can to help the team," Moreland said. "I went out and gave everything I had. I tried to push through it, but it was affecting me individually and the team. But it's an issue that needs to be taken care of and get it right."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.