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Mitch Moreland will skip reconstructive surgery and try to return much sooner

Jun 9, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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Yesterday the Rangers announced that first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland would miss three months following ankle surgery, but now those plans have changed.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Moreland will put off the reconstructive surgery and instead “have his os trigonum bone behind his ankle removed.” And apparently if things go well, he’d be able to return in 3-4 weeks instead of potentially missing the remainder of the season.

That would be some rare good news in a season full of injuries destroying the Rangers’ roster, although obviously Moreland is hardly out of the woods yet.

In other positive Rangers health news: Rougned Odor‘s shoulder injury is not believed to be serious and the 20-year-old top prospect could be available to play as soon as tonight.

  1. Conner012367 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    good to know.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Reconstructive ankle surgery is not fun. I had my ankle joint replaced on March 31 and the ankle is still swollen. I can walk, but can’t run. For him, the conservative approach is best. If it does not work, he can have another operation after the end of the season.

    • cur'68 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I’ve spent time working in a joint replacement clinic. Ankles and knees never seem to regain their pre-injury size BUT the arthritic pain is gone so take heart: it’ll be better than before the surgery. In fact I bet its better already, painwise. Ditto hips. Good luck getting through airport security with a hunk of metal in your sock, though. If you fly a lot get used to sharing your personal medical details with several dozen of your New Best Friends in line with you as security will congregate en mass and want to know that you have in your sock. That card the doc gives you to show them? They ignore it. They want to see the scar. It not so bad with an ankle but with a hip? Drop trousers and let the world see your “personal details”.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        It is much better. The arthritic pain is gone. No more clicks as the now absent bone spurs no longer get in the way of functioning. The swelling is much improved and I have completely stopped using the Air Cast. I am still aware that it is not 100%.

      • cur'68 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        It’ll get there, though. I just hope they managed to get both your legs the same length. That’s much more tricky with hips and knees but can be a problem depending on how much bone is trimmed for the prosthesis in the ankle. Hope it all goes well. I’ll race you around Skydome when you’re up to it.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Everything seems OK. The doctor said that it was textbook surgery. He has done 15 of them.

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