Texas 'playing it over-cautiously' with Moreland, Choo

Rangers want to ensure both, coming off surgery, remain at full strength throughout spring

Texas 'playing it over-cautiously' with Moreland, Choo

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- First baseman Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo are at full strength in Spring Training. But both are coming off surgery and the Rangers are going to monitor them carefully to make sure they leave that way.

Moreland had season-ending surgery on his left ankle on June 23. He has been working out all winter, but the Rangers still want him to take it slowly, especially with the running.

Outlook: Moreland, 1B, TEX

Right now, he is also taking ground balls at first base every other day. Next week, Moreland will take them every day, but only a limited number. If that goes well, he'll start doing his normal defensive work.

"I feel good, but the training staff has talked with me and got me on a good solid routine to make sure I come out of camp feeling good and feeling healthy," Moreland said. "So we're playing it over-cautiously so I'll be ready to roll by Day 1."

Moreland is also going to play occasionally in left field. But the Rangers are going to hold off until later in camp before that happens.

Outlook: Choo, OF, TEX

Choo had his season come to an end on Aug. 29 when he had surgery on his left elbow. Three weeks later, he had surgery on his left ankle. Choo is doing everything the other outfielders are doing. He is just not trying to push it full speed yet.

"It's a long Spring Training," Choo said. "There are going to be some days when I'm sore, but no issues. I'm not worried about it."

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.