Rangers’ Moreland likely out for the season

MORELAND

MORELAND

Daily Journal reports

Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, the former Amory and Mississippi State standout, is probably out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

Newspapers in Texas reported that Moreland informed the team on Wednesday that he needs reconstructive surgery on his left ankle, which he hurt last week. It’s expected to require a lengthy rehab.

It’s been a dreadful season for Texas in terms of injuries, with at least 18 players on the disabled list at one time of another since the season began. Moreland was getting regular at-bats at first base after slugger Prince Fielder was lost for the season to a neck injury.

Moreland, 28, is in his fifth season with the Rangers. He was hitting .246 with two home runs in 52 games this season, after hitting a career-high 23 homers in 2013.

In 494 major-league games, he’s hitting .252 with 65 homers.