OAKLAND -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, on the disabled list with an injured left ankle, is going to Iowa to be examined by Dr. Ned Amendola, an orthopedic specialist. It will be the third specialist Moreland has seen as he tries to decide how to deal with the pain in his ankle.
Moreland is dealing with Os Trigonum Syndrome, which means there is a bone in the ankle that is causing pain. Moreland could have a simple operation to have the bone removed, which would mean missing about a month.
But there is a suspicion that a simple operation may not address everything wrong in the ankle. Moreland could end up having reconstructive ankle surgery, which would sideline him for the rest of the season.
"It's a pretty big decision and he wants to get it right," general manager Jon Daniels said. "The way Mitch is looking at it, when he comes back, he wants to be 100 percent. We all agree on that."