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Kendrys Morales to get second surgery, won’t return this year

May 11, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

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Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales got a second opinion on his slow-healing ankle fracture on Wednesday afternoon in Vail, Colorado. He did not return to Anaheim bearing good news.

According to Sam Miller of the Orange County Register, Angels general manager Tony Reagins acknowledged Wednesday night that Morales needs another ankle surgery to clear up the scar tissue that has formed around his original fracture and will miss a minimum of six months.

In other words, the talented 27-year-old can safely be written off for the rest of the 2011 season.

Morales posted a .924 OPS, 34 home runs and 108 RBI in a breakout 2009 campaign, but he hasn’t played in a major league game since last May and won’t be healthy again until the winter rolls around.

Morales is earning $2.975 million this season via arbitration. He will become a free agent after 2013.

Mark Trumbo, 25, will handle starting first base duties for the rest of the year. He’s turned in a decent .270/.311/.486 batting line, six home runs and 17 RBI in 119 plate appearances so far this season.

  1. phukyouk - May 11, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    I think this is worth of a “chien Ming Wang” award for unbelievably stupid way to break your ankle.

    • phukyouk - May 11, 2011 at 11:19 PM

      Worthy* sigh… EDIT BUTTON PLEASE

  2. visnovsky - May 12, 2011 at 4:30 AM


    • henryd3rd - May 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Hopefully Morales will be able to come back and play at the same level prior to his unfortunate injury; but I’ve always questioned why the need for all these “walk off” celebrations? What next a celebration for batting practice home runs. Why not a celebration for a foul HR or a sacrifice bunt? Next we’ll have celebrations for retiring the side! Or better yet a celebration for the teams taking the field between innings? I wonder how many guys would have celebrated hitting a walk off HR off Bob Gibson or Don Drysdale? Never! Those dude’s kept a book on guys and if someone even looked like they wanted to celebrate hitting one out next time up they’d find a high hard one in their ear hole or the mark of Spalding would be on the rib cage for a couple of weeks

      • 5thbase - May 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        So you would hit a game winning HR and walk off the field like ‘whatever’ AMIRITE?

        Seriously, if the dude can’t hop up in the air and land on a flat surface without major problems this was going to happen soon enough anyway. Nobody ever got to the majors with a mindset of being afraid to jump because of what could happen.

        Now Mike Matheny missing the playoffs because he stabbed himself in the stomach trying to open a CD … now that was a stupid injury. This one just a really unfortunate really freak situation.

  3. Brian Murphy - May 12, 2011 at 5:13 AM

    Sad to say it, but this seemed all too inevitable, dating back to spring training.

  4. svallen - May 12, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Morales has great output when he is able to play, but this will be a total of 2 years out playing any kind of baseball. The injuries he keeps sustaining and hindering his ongoing development are hindering the Angels ball club to a point where they may have to part ways with him. He is due $2.975M this season and becomes a free agent after this season is done. The Angels may want to say thanks but no thanks and invest in someone more worthwhile and proven track history of limited injuries.


  5. diehardcubbiefan4life - May 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    godammit i wasted a 3rd round pick on him on my fantasy team

    • henryd3rd - May 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      Get a life dude! I’m sure Morales feels your pain.

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