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Kendrys Morales runs the bases, finally nears game action

Mar 12, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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Kendrys Morales is finally making major progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle and could make his spring training debut later this week.

Morales ran the bases in cleats yesterday and afterward manager Mike Scioscia replied “absolutely” when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day, which is the most optimism anyone has shown about Morales in quite a while.

Morales reported no problems after running the bases, telling Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com: “I didn’t feel anything at all, wasn’t scared doing it or anything.”

Scioscia mentioned that his “gait much better” than previous attempts to resume running, but admitted that “his legs just need to get used to running” and “there’s some stiffness he’ll need to work out.”

  1. SmackSaw - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Lord, I know you’re busy and I really don’t ask for much. But, if you see fit, please let Morales be 100% all season. I know you really like Pujols, so please, if Morales is healthy, the Machine will see a lot of fastballs. It’ll also relieve a lot of pressure on Hunter and Wells. They can enjoy their golden years in relative peace.

    • paperlions - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      How good do you think Morales will be? Because unless he is clearly better than Pujols, he won’t be good enough to make a pitcher think “gee, I better groove a FB to Pujols because I sure don’t want to face Morales with a man on first.”

      • SmackSaw - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        .306/.355/.569 34HR 108RBI from a switch hitter is freakin’ scary.

      • paperlions - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        …yet, still not anywhere near as good as an average Pujols season.

  2. aceshigh11 - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Good for him…hope he finally makes it back.

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