ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mitch Moreland's disappointment was obvious in the clubhouse on Sunday morning. His left ankle, a persistent problem that would not go away, finally got the best of him.
He said he had two injections (the last one lasting about five days) and went through a battery of treatment options in an attempt to keep playing, but the ankle just wasn't responding. He said he'll have surgery on Wednesday to get it repaired. The timetable to return to the big leagues is three months.
"It's to the point where I'm hurting the team, hurting myself trying to go out there and make something happen," Moreland said. "There's no lower half. I'm doing everything I can and trying to battle through it, but it's to the point where it's affecting me trying to go out and play. It's hurting pretty bad. The surgery, I tried to fight it off until the end of the year. I knew I was going to have to have surgery. They told me you can do everything you can to try to get to the end of the year. I can't do it any more. I'm going to try to get back healthy and get ready to go."
Moreland said he doesn't think it was one particular event, though he said he sprained it while the club was in Seattle in late April and that the ankle swelled up on him. Moreland was hitting .246 with two homers and 23 RBIs and was getting the bulk of the playing time with Prince Fielder likely out for the rest of the season.
"I've tried to fight through it because of what we've dealt with this year," Moreland said. "I felt like I was obligated to the team to go out there and give it what I had. I felt like I did that for the most part. It came to a point where I can't do it anymore."