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Kendrys Morales cleared to “ramp up” some baseball activities

Jan 7, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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Kendrys Morales is still a major question mark nearly two years removed from breaking his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning-home grand slam, but he did get some good news after visiting his doctor in Colorado earlier this week.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales was cleared to “ramp up” some baseball activities. While he was previously jogging on a “de-weighted” treadmill and hitting off a tee in Arizona, he has already begun running under his own body weight.┬áThe real test will come when Morales begins running the bases aggressively, but this is a very positive early sign.

The Angels tendered Morales a contract this offseason, despite the fact that he hasn’t played in a┬áprofessional game since May 29, 2010. The 28-year-old switch-hitter figures to make around $4 million in his second year of arbitration, but the benefits are obviously huge if he can bounce back to his 2009 form. Mark Trumbo is behind in his rehab from foot surgery, but the Angels still have enough depth that they can afford to bring Morales along slowly.

  1. brockohol - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    they better hope morales and/or trumbo are back. pujols is great but if his only protection is hunter and abreu he will be the most intentionally walked player in baseball

    • paperlions - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      There is no such thing as protection for the best hitter in the lineup…why would you give the best hitter better pitches to hit because a lesser hitter (even the 2nd best hitter in the lineup) is hitting after him? You wouldn’t, and teams/pitchers don’t.

  2. lyon810 - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    As an Angels fan, I would (of course) love to have him back. But I refuse to get excited about any news regarding his progress. He’s had too many setbacks to warrant getting hyped up about a possible return.

  3. hushbrother - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    That must have been a horribly broken bone, to keep him off the field for two years.

    • lyon810 - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      It was more to do with his lack of conditioning and poor workout ethic. He gained about 10-15 lbs and kept himself in terrible shape, which of course hindered his recovery.

      • cur68 - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Could also be a horribly broken and dislocated ankle that healed badly, too. Pretty hard to stay in shape on one leg.

  4. brockohol - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    option 1. pitch to pujols in 8th inning, tie game, no outs, hope is doesn’t hit a home run. option 2. walk pujols and strike Vernon wells or torii hunter out. easy decision. harder decision when berkman, holliday, and feeese are up after him. that’s protection, ot does exist.

    • jwbiii - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      The problem here is that with a good runner on first, a Torii Hunter XBH scores the run. Torii Hunter gets extra base hits more frequently than Albert Pujols hits home runs.

  5. brockohol - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I’m sure that’s correct but to say there is no such thing as protection for a teams best hitter is ridic. I think pujols will lead the majors in intentional walks this year because of who is hitting around him (if trumbo and morales don’t come back strong). you can’t tell me having holliday and berkman behind him gives him the same oppurtinity as hunter and wells

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