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Monday, June 9, 2014
Mitch Moreland to get second opinion

By Travis L. Brown
Special to ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- For now at least, hold off on reconstructive ankle surgery for Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland.

After saying Sunday that he was having surgery on Wednesday to repair the ankle, which was going to keep him out about three months, Moreland is now pushing surgery back a few days to get a second opinion. If he doesn't need the full reconstructive surgery now, he could opt to have a bone removed from his left ankle and be out about three to four weeks.

The club also announced that infielder Rougned Odor, who sprained his right shoulder during Sunday's game, will participate in batting practice after his MRI was clean.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he was pleased with the bit of good news on Odor after all the negative injury news coming out of the Rangers' club house as of late.

Washington said he's available off the bench to hit Monday in an emergency but they are going to keep him from throwing for a few days.

Odor took batting practice before the game and said he felt good and that he doesn't forsee any setbacks.

"When I left the ballpark yesterday, he was sitting in the clubhouse smiling, so it's nice to hear," Washington said. "We're just going to keep him from throwing for the next day or so, but he can hit."