ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, who is on the disabled list while recovering from surgery on his left ankle, played host on Thursday to Andrew Barksdale and Trevor Moultie, two 7-year-old boys from Alabama who are cancer survivors. Moreland and his wife, Susannah, brought the boys and their families to the game with tickets in a suite courtesy of the Rangers.
"One is a Rays fan and one is a Rangers fan," Moreland said. "Those were their Little League teams. We thought it would be pretty neat to have them come out and experience the Rays vs. the Rangers. I'm fortunate just to guide them around, meet some of the guys, get some signatures and have a good time."
Moreland had surgery on June 23 and is still walking in a boot after getting the cast off last week. He will not play again this season but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
"It's still a little bit early," Moreland said. "I'm still confined to the boot, but it feels great. The pain isn't there. There is still some stiffness so I've got to build up strength before I can tell a difference."
As far as his baseball future, Moreland said, "I'm in a boot. When I get healthy, I'll worry about that."
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