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Kendrys Morales: “My goal is to be ready by Opening Day”

Sep 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29 of 2010 and is four months removed from a second season-ending surgery, but it sounds like the Angels first baseman is finally making significant progress in his comeback.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Morales is “walking without a limp” and manager Mike Scioscia described him as “bouncing around more than we anticipated.”

His rehab has advanced to “walking vigorously” on a treadmill and lifting weights, and Morales explained that his “goal is to be ready to go by Opening Day.”

Of course, that was his goal going into spring training this season as well and instead he suffered various setbacks and was finally shut down again, opening the door for Mark Trumbo to emerge as an everyday player and middle-of-the-order slugger in his absence.

At this point it’s tough for the Angels to count on Morales as a key contributor in 2012, but in his last 203 games prior to the injury the switch-hitter batted .302 with 45 homers, 48 doubles, and a .901 OPS.

  1. Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    .254/.291/.477 is not an everyday player at 1B. Even if he is as good of a fielder as UZR says he is.

    His BABIP is only .274 so he’s a touch unlucky, but even with a more average number there his OBP is just north of .300 which is pretty much unplayable at 1B.

    • okobojicat - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      There’s reason to suspect he’ll have a lower BABIP his entire career than league average. He hits an higher % of fly balls and pop-ups.

      That said, I agree with you that if he doesn’t learn how to take a walk, or play SS, he’ll have a very short MLB career.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      E=Mc2 * Pi +%idip = 2122/1`23/

  2. jarathen - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Trumbo is a slugger. He’s just not a great one. He’s a great corner IF/OF/PH kind of guy, the role Russell Branyan is currently filling.

    Also, K-Mo, you’re about six months too late. I would love to see the Kendrys Morales of 2009 and (part of) 2010, but I think the Angels are playing with fire if they’re counting on his return to anchor their offense (again).

    • kiwicricket - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Sorry, I’m going to have to stop you there….K-Mo????

      • jarathen - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        It’s a common shorthand name over at SBN blog Halo Heaven.

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    The Angels don’t just need 1 bat, they need 3. Morales could be 1, even if it’s at DH. And if Trumbo gets his BABIP up to league average, closer to .300, he’ll be acceptable, especially with his defense. But they also need a corner outfield/3B bat. My observations are that the OF of Wells, Hunter and Trout/Bourjous was better than expected, but .765, .761, and 2 x .661 will not get it done vs. Texas, who send .890, .828, .749, and .728 into the OF.

    • Alex K - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      I disagree that a 1B with a <.320 OBP is acceptable. No matter how good of a defender they are.

  4. stairwayto7 - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Morales to the Pirates!

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