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Kendry Morales “still not running anywhere near 100 percent”

Feb 25, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

Kendry Morales

Kendry Morales is no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a broken leg and if he is ready for game action on March 31 it’ll likely be as a designated hitter, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

DiGiovanna writes that Morales “is hitting from both sides of the plate with no problems and participating in fielding drills … but he is still not running anywhere near 100 percent.”

Mike Scioscia said today that he’s “confident” Morales will be in the Opening Day lineup, but he’s not expected to play in an exhibition game for at least another week. Bobby Abreu is slated to be the Angels’ primary designated hitter now that Vernon Wells has joined Torii Hunter and Peter Bourjos in the outfield, and none of those four guys has ever played an inning at first base.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Could this foretell a possible foray by the Angels into the Pujols bidding at the end of the 2011 season?

  2. hgulkkcaj - Feb 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I realize that Wells and Hunter are not in their prime, but that’s a pretty good OF with Wells, Hunter, and Bourjos. Leaves my Twins OF in the dust (Young, Span, Cuddyer/Kubel)…

    • pauleee - Feb 25, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      That’d be Wells, Bourjos (in center) and Hunter. Boujos is speedy as all get-out, just hope he can get the bat going.

  3. pauleee - Feb 25, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Oh, and “running at 100%”. Not sure Kendry’s ever run full speed.

    • spudchukar - Feb 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      He is a DH. Fielding and Running were never his forte anyway. Not much of a setback.

      • pauleee - Feb 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        1st base, and not a bad fielder.

  4. BC - Feb 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    So when they’re able to time Morales with a sundial, he’ll be at 100%?

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