When the Texas Rangers traded for first baseman Prince Fielder in the offseason, they thought they had taken care of their first base situation for year.
Mitch Moreland just hadn't panned out like they had hoped to date and they needed more pop in their lineup.
Now, the Rangers don't have either.
On Sunday, Moreland joined the group when it was announced that he would miss at least three months after ankle surgery that he was trying to hold off on:
"There's no lower half … it's to the point where it's affecting me trying to go out and play," Moreland told MLB.com:
"I tried to fight it off until the end of the year. I knew I was going to have to have surgery. They told me you can do everything you can to try to get to the end of the year. I can't do it anymore."
Then, during Sunday's game after the announcement, second baseman Rougned Odor had to leave the game with a sprained right shoulder. Moreland's Triple-A replacement at first base, Jim Adduci, couldn't be called up because he left his game on Saturday with a jammed finger.
In all, 12 Rangers are currently on the disabled list, and more could be on the way.
It was enough for some media outlets to wonder if the team is cursed and others to simply put together a list of the ailing.
"It's hard to put your finger on it. It's been a little bit of everything," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said:
"We've had ankles, we've had backs, we've had elbows, we've had legs, shin bones. I have not really been able to connect the dots."
If you're wondering about that list of 12, it's right here.
Fielder, Profar, Adduci, Engel Beltre, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Geovany Soto, Martin Perez, Alexi Ogando, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Joseph Ortiz and Pedro Figueroa are all on the 15- or 60-day disabled lists.
“I haven’t been a part of anything like this,” Daniels told SI.com.
“We’ve had a couple of injuries to different units at one point or another where we’ve had to scramble in the bullpen or scramble in the rotation, but never across the board to this degree and, certainly, some of the severity of these injuries and key guys.”
There are injuries of all sizes there. Long-term ones, like Perez with his Tommy John surgery. Short-term ones, like Adduci's jammed finger. And ones that just won't go away, like Profar's arm muscle issues.
They are piling up and don't seem to be coming to a halt anytime soon.
So, for Rangers fans, even though they sit just under .500 and in fourth place in the AL West right now, this could become a very long summer.
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