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Kendrys Morales has been shut down

Mar 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT


Kendrys Morales hasn’t been right all spring, as he continues to struggle back from the broken leg that cost him the bulk of 2010.  Now Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels have shut him down due to soreness on the ball of his left foot.  He’s back to Los Angeles, where he saw a doctor yesterday.

It’s been a nightmare spring for the Angels. Morales can’t play, Scott Kazmir has shown no indication that he’s returning to form and Joel Piniero has been hurt.  I’m getting ready to start the previews for the AL West teams soon, and I gotta tell ya, the Angels don’t figure to rate terribly high.

On the bright side, just this morning, I bet Tiffany a dinner out in New York city next fall that the Angels wouldn’t win the AL West, so this is sort of good news for me.

  1. clydeserra - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Who would bet on the Angels this year?

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Take Carleen out to New York City instead! :)

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Do I see an offer from the Angels for Pujols this fall if he doesn’t resign with the Cardinals?

    • scatterbrian - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Just heard Arte Moreno interviewed yesterday and when asked if he regretted not scooping up any of the big free agents, he really made it clear he’s against long term deals, especially when you get into 5+ years. Granted Pujols is a pretty damn special player and would be one of the most desirable free agents ever, but it doesn’t seem like the Angels are willing to sign a player for as long as Pujols wants.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Many people agree with Moreno on this….but maintaining that stance is equivalent to saying you are just never going to sign a stud FA….because there are always a few team willing to go that long on a deal. So, while I agree in principal, maintaining that principal will severely impede the ability of a team to compete because you won’t retain your own star players or sign any others as FAs….in which case, you might as well be a small market club.

      • Mike Luna - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:47 PM

        I’m not sure exactly how you justify this to your fans if you’re Moreno. Granted, he doesn’t want to get burned on a deal and wind up with an old, slow, diminishing player for years and years. That makes sense.

        But when there are teams like the Yankees and Red Sox working fast and loose with a “win it now” mentality, you’re basically giving up in a lot of fans’ eyes. This is probably even harder to stomach after the Angels dominated the AL West for almost a decade.

      • JBerardi - Mar 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM

        Two words: Vernon Wells.

      • scatterbrian - Mar 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        The same Vernon Wells who has four years left on a contract he didn’t sign with the Angels? That’s relevant how?

      • purdueman - Mar 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Scatterbrain… the four years remaining on Wells boat anchor of a contract are relevant because Moreno is on record as stating that he is focused on holding the line on ticket prices (meaning that the possibility of getting to a recklessly high payroll like the Cubs have had the past several years and the Phillies now have), is unlikely to happen.

        Wells is due $23M/year for the next four years, making him one of the 5 highest paid players in baseball today. Meeting Albert’s demands of $30M/year when the Angels already have a young slugging first baseman that can’t play the outfield (Kendrys), just doesn’t make a lot of common sense (particularly keeping in mind that the ace of the staff, Weaver, is coming up on free agency, is a Bor-ass guy and figures to look for CC Sabathia type money too).

        Then again though, signing Torii Hunter when Matthews Jr. was just going into the second year of his big deal didn’t make any sense at the time either (although we all now now that Matthews Jr. had his big free agent year thanks primarily to HGH).

        The difference though between signing Hunter and Pujois is in the number of guaranteed years each is/was seeking. Arte is adamantly opposed to contracts even as long as six years in length, much less the ten that Albert is seeking.

      • scatterbrian - Mar 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM

        I mentioned that Moreno is reluctant to sign players for 5+ years in response to the comment about the Angels going after Pujols. I still don’t know what Vernon Wells has to do with that. Did the Angels sign Wells? No. Did the Angels trade for Wells with 5+ years remaining on his contract? No. Will Wells’ remaining salary impede the Angels from signing Pujols? Possibly, but then you could make the argument that if the Angels had any intentions in going after Pujols, they probably don’t add Wells to their payroll.

  4. bigtrav425 - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    yea unless the Rangers pitching stays strong without Lee..No one in the West is going ot beat them

    • clydeserra - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      You are saying the Angles are winning?

      We all know that Lee was replacement level when he was with the rangers last year, right?

  5. Utley's Hair - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Wow…that’s a mighty big step there, Craig, letting Tiffany out on the town—and in Gotham, too. Has Batman ever battled Dracula?

  6. Innocent Bystander - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Wowwee! This stinks of the type of bet that you don’t care if you win or lose. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where a guy wanted a date with Elaine and bet her dinner that Dustin Hoffman was in Star Wars. Jerry “He made a bet he knew he was going to lose just to take you to dinner. If he doesn’t ask you out he doesn’t get rejected. He found a dating loop hole!!!”

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      I hope he realizes that he should probably wear pants that night.

    • jamie54 - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      Nice. Craig, you devil you!

  7. Utley's Hair - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    I think the foot problem stems from having to carry that extra “S” around again.

  8. purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Excellent post scatterbrain!

    Because Arte would only make “take it or leave it” offers to Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre, he wound up reaching for Vernon Wells via trade, and it was NOT very well received here in Orange County, CA (where the Angels are based… they are NOT based in LA as Arte tries to delude himself into thinking).

    It is absolutely true about Arte being dead set against real long term deals (much less for a guy already in his 30’s like Albert is), and he now is committed to choke down Wells bad contract for four years.

    As for Kendrys? It’s a shame he screwed himself up so badly by behaving like a little leaguer, but I think the hand of God player a role by punishing Arte for the shameless way he had been doing business (i.e., sniping free agents at the last minute by throwing another million dollars a year and another guaranteed year at the player as he did with both Colon and Hunter).

    Hey Arte! What comes around, goes around baby!

    • donkeyball - Mar 23, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Please go away, Purdueman.

      • purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        donkeyass… why don’t you go away instead? In fact, why not find a nice tall bridge or building to jump off of an make the world a better place!

      • cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        jeez purdue…he’s not even as blimpy as Adam Dunn and a whole list of others (Joba, Ruth, etc.) WTF up wit up U man?

      • cur68 - Mar 23, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        that was meant for your post @ 1:48. For this post I’d like to say; yes please, go away. far away.

      • purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        cur68… you ever see Adam Dunn up front and personal? The dude’s not at all fat… he’s just built like a brick shi_thouse. He’s 6’6″, 285 and would make a great TE in the NFL. That’s totally different than Morales apparently rehabbing on a diet of Krispey Kreme’s and fast food burgers.

    • purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      cur68: If you don’t live in a town that features either a high bridge or a building to jump off of, then do us all a favor by having a dinner tonight raced with rat poising. Make the world a better place, let cur68 leave it and find another place!

  9. banksatdixie - Mar 23, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Looks like he has been enjoying some In N Out Burger a little too much this winter.

    • purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      LOL! So many Latino players do in fact love their In N Out burgers, Krispey Kreme doughnuts, cerveza, tortilla’s and refried beans, don’t they? It’s not just Kendrys though; Fatolo Colon is as big as a house too! Moooo-ooooo!!!! Millions on the line and all these guys seem to want to do is constantly pig out.

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