SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland has his second opinion. Now he is trying to decide what to do next.
Moreland, who is on the disabled list with an injured left ankle, was examined by Dr. Robert Anderson on Thursday in North Carolina and the Rangers said there has been no change in his status. Moreland is expected to meet with Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington this weekend to see what is his next step.
Moreland has been diagnosed with Os Trigonum Syndrome, which means he has a bone in his ankle that is causing the pain. Moreland could have the bone removed by surgery and be our three to four weeks or he could have reconstructive ankle surgery, which would likely sideline him for the rest of the season.
Rios, Beltre holding steady through team's adversity
SEATTLE -- So far outfielder Alex Rios and third baseman Adrian Beltre are not letting the Rangers' massive number of injuries affect their offensive production.
Rios went into Friday's game with the Mariners hitting .329, second highest in the American League. Robinson Cano led with a .333 batting average. Beltre hit .472 (17-for-36) on the Rangers' last home stand, raising his overall average to .323, third best in the American League.
"We're playing the game of baseball," Beltre said. "When you get in the batter's box, you're not thinking about all that other stuff. You're just thinking about hitting the ball hard. You can't fix everything or feel sorry about what's going on with the team, which is unbelievable. You can't think about anything except doing your job."
Rios also leads the league with eight triples, which already ties his career high. His eight triples in 64 games are ahead of the pace set by Ruben Sierra when he hit a club-record 14 triples in 1989. Sierra hit his eighth triple in his 72nd game.
"It is tough, what's happened to our team, but there's not much you can do except play," Rios said. "We weren't expecting this to happen, but the only way to deal with it is go out and play."
Shin-Soo Choo isn't in the Top 10 in hitting. He is batting .176 in his last 33 games while dealing with a sprained left ankle and that's dropped his average from .370 to .261. But he is second in the league with a .397 on-base percentage.
Darvish to stay in turn for now
SEATTLE -- The Rangers have decided to give pitcher Yu Darvish an extra day of rest. With the off-day on Thursday, the Rangers had the option of having him pitch on his normal four days' rest and start on Monday against the Athletics. Instead he will still pitch Tuesday.
Darvish threw 117 pitches in a 6-0 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday. He ended up going nine innings for his first complete game in the Major Leagues.
Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers may push up Darvish after Tuesday's start. The Rangers are off next Thursday as well and Darvish may pitch on four days' rest so he can face the Angels on Sunday night in Anaheim.
"It just depends on his workload," Washington said.
Darvish has become more economical with his pitches. He is averaging 15.1 pitches per inning this season, down from 16.5 in each of the past two years.
"He has held up well," Washington said. "He really hasn't exerted himself. I don't think he exerted himself the other night. Except for the first few innings, I thought he breezed."
Rangers to face lefties, but not Wilson
SEATTLE -- The Rangers did not face a left-handed starting pitcher on their last road trip and aren't scheduled to face one in Seattle. But that should change when they get to Oakland.
The Athletics rotation is set up for left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Tommy Milone to pitch on Monday and Tuesday during their three-game series with the Rangers. Right-hander Sonny Gray will pitch on Wednesday. This will be Pomeranz's first start against the Rangers. They drafted him in the 12th round in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign him
The Rangers are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Angels next Friday. The Rangers are not expected to face former teammate C.J. Wilson in that series unless weather forces the Angels to change the rotation. The Angels are lined up to have left-hander Hector Santiago pitch the opener, followed by right-handers Matt Shoemaker and Jered Weaver.
• Derek Holland, who is on the disabled list still recovering from offseason knee surgery, threw live batting practice on Friday in Arizona. He will have another session next Wednesday and then be re-evaluated on when he might be ready for a medical rehabilitation assignment.
• The Rangers have named their Minor League award winners for May. Joey Gallo was the Player of the Month, Alex Gonzalez was Pitcher of the Month, Phil Klein was top reliever and catcher Tomas Tellis was the top defender.
• The Rangers have signed 12 more Draft picks. The highest was No. 12 pick right-handed pitcher Joe Watson from Catawba (N.C.) College. They also signed No. 16 Reed Garrett, a pitcher from the Virginia Military Academy and No. 40 Nick Dignacco from the United States Military Academy. The only player from Army to ever reach the Major Leagues was Walter French, an outfielder with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1923-29. There have been two from VMI including former Rangers pitcher Ryan Glynn.
• The other nine Draft picks signed were pitcher Gio Abreu (12th), catcher Isaias Quiroz (20th), pitcher Sterling Wynn (21st) pitcher Jason Hoppe (27th), outfielder Luke Tendler (29th), pitcher Cody Palmquist (30th), pitcher John Fasola (31st), pitcher Adam Parks (33rd) and pitcher Cody Chartrand (36th).
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.