Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 17 Hrs

Moreland (ankle) enters spring training fully healthy but will be brought along a bit slower initially, the team's web site reports.

Moreland will begin to ramp up his defensive activities in about a week, and figures to get some looks in left field toward the end of exhibition play. He's expected to serve as the primary DH, at least against right-handed pitching.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 1 Month

Moreland (ankle) agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.

Reconstructive ankle surgery in mid-June ended Moreland's 2014 campaign, but the 29-year-old was cleared for a progressive running program last month and is expected to enter spring training without restriction. Moreland appears penciled in as the team's primary DH option heading into 2015, though he could lose out on at-bats against left-handed pitching (.227/.289/.347 vs LHP for career).

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 Months

Moreland (ankle) has been cleared for a progressive running program, MLB.com reports.

A follow-up exam with Dr. Keith Meister yielded positive results, as Moreland was cleared to run on the surgically-repaired ankle and the hope is that he will soon be given the green light to progress to full activity. Moreland is expected to enter spring training without restriction, and it's possible he could push for time in left field if he shows ample mobility.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 4 Months

Moreland (ankle) could be an option in left field for the Rangers in 2015, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Shin-Soo Choo (elbow) appears likely to move over to right field to fill the void left by Alex Rios, creating an opening in left field. While Moreland has made just two appearances in left in his career, both of which came last season, it seems the team is optimistic his ankle will be healthy enough to where he can at least contribute occasionally at the position in 2015. Michael Choice (hamstring) and Ryan Rua seem like the other top candidates for playing time.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 7 Months

Moreland (ankle) has shed his cast and may be able to remove his walking boot in five weeks, Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com reports.

It sounds like Moreland is progressing well in his recovery from June 23 ankle surgery, but he has no intention of returning in late September. He should have a relatively normal offseason and be back to full health by spring training.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 7 Months

Rangers transferred 1B Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Nate Adcock, who was called up Thursday in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade. Moreland underwent season-ending ankle surgery near the end of June.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 8 Months

Mitch Moreland underwent season-ending ankle surgery Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The procedure involved ligament reconstruction and bone realignment. Moreland, who appeared in just 52 games this year for the Rangers, will aim to be back to 100 percent health by the opening of the 2015 season.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 8 Months

Mitch Moreland will undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Rangers remain unsure how invasive the procedure will be, but it will be a season-ending operation. Moreland should be ready to go for spring training next year. After losing both Moreland and Price Fielder (neck) the Rangers are currently using Brad Snyder at first base. They signed Carlos Pena to a minor league deal Tuesday.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 9 Months

Mitch Moreland is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery on his left ankle.

Moreland was hoping to have a minor procedure, but it appears after receiving a third opinion from Dr. Ned Amendola Tuesday that a reconstruction will be needed. A date for the operation has not been set yet.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 9 Months

Mitch Moreland will seek a third opinion on his injured left ankle Tuesday with a specialist at the University of Iowa.

Moreland needs surgery, but it's yet to be determined whether that will be a minor procedure or a season-ending one. Obviously, the designated hitter is hoping it's the former.