Mitch Moreland will skip reconstructive surgery and try to return much sooner

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Yesterday the Rangers announced that first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland would miss three months following ankle surgery, but now those plans have changed.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Moreland will put off the reconstructive surgery and instead “have his os trigonum bone behind his ankle removed.” And apparently if things go well, he’d be able to return in 3-4 weeks instead of potentially missing the remainder of the season.

That would be some rare good news in a season full of injuries destroying the Rangers’ roster, although obviously Moreland is hardly out of the woods yet.

In other positive Rangers health news: Rougned Odor’s shoulder injury is not believed to be serious and the 20-year-old top prospect could be available to play as soon as tonight.

Mets sign Jose Bautista to a major league deal

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Update (5:55 PM ET): It’s official. The Mets have optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster. Bautista will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins.

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.

Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.

Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.

It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.