OAKLAND -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery on his left ankle on Monday, and he is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Rangers expect Moreland to have a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training.
Moreland has been on the disabled list since June 8. It's the third time in three years that he has been on the DL. He missed time in each of the past two seasons because of hamstring problems, and the Rangers believe that his ankle may have contributed to those issues.
"He has also had lower back stuff that we really didn't talk about that he played through," general manager Jon Daniels said. "In talking to him, this might put an end to the issues he has had to fight through."
Moreland is in his third full season with the Rangers, and he was hitting .247 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 52 games. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina.
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