Donnie Murphy struck out to end the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to Cleveland on Sunday at Globe Life Park. It figured. Nothing is going right for the Rangers and the unfortunate souls who play first base this season. The Rangers are searching for their fourth true first baseman of the season. They lost Mitch Moreland when he surrendered to the pain and decided to undergo reconstructive surgery on his left ankle. The procedure, which could involve bone and ligament repair, will keep Moreland out at least three months. Dr. John Cates of Plano, who will perform the surgery, told Moreland it is "a very significant injury." Said general manager Jon Daniels: "You just can’t predict these kind of things. We’re going to patchwork it until we put a plan together." Moreland will join opening day first baseman Prince Fielder and backup Kevin Kouzmanoff on the disabled list. It will be the club’s 19th disabled-list move of the season, most in the majors. "Maybe we should start wearing helmets," said catcher Chris Gimenez, trying to laugh in the face of more bad news. The Rangers may be fortunate enough to avoid DL move No. 20 for a while. Second baseman Rougned Odor came out of the loss to Cleveland after spraining the right shoulder on an awkward attempt to get back to first base on a pickoff play. Odor said after the game that the condition had already improved, and he expects to play on Monday. The Rangers are protected at second with Luis Sardinas and Murphy. Without Moreland, they are naked at first. Gimenez is the most experienced catcher on the major-league roster with 15 major-league starts. Fellow catcher Robinson Chirinos has four starts at the position. "We’re going to have to go with what we’ve got each day," manager Ron Washington said. "I have to commend my guys. I haven’t seen them be concerned about anything other than what they are capable of bringing on that day."
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Dallas Morning News | Jun 9