Rangers' Moreland progressing following surgery

Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland, who had reconstructive surgery on his left ankle June 23, is making progress in his rehab.

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ARLINGTON, Texas --Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland, who had reconstructive surgery on his left ankle June 23, is making progress in his rehab.

Moreland had the cast removed from his leg last Thursday and is in a walking boot. He could be out of the boot in around five weeks.

"It feels great," Moreland said. "The pain I was feeling hasn't been there. But there's some stiffness and I think they're planning to build up some strength in there."

Moreland was limited to 52 games this season and batted .246 with two home runs and 23 RBI while trying to play through the ankle pain. He has no timetable on his rehab because he's still in the boot.

Moreland, whose role this season changed from primary designated hitter/fourth outfielder to first baseman because of the Prince Fielder injury, isn't worried about what role he'll have once he returns.

"I'm in a boot right now," he said. "As soon as I get back healthy we'll worry about that when we get here. You can't really focus on one thing or another. You just have to get back healthy."