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Kendrys Morales goes 2-for-3 in Cactus League debut

Mar 22, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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Kendrys Morales played in a major league game Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left ankle while celebrating a 10th-inning walkoff home run against the Mariners on May 29, 2010. And it went about as well as such a thing can go.

Morales punched a single through the right side of the infield in his first at-bat, popped out to first base in his second at-bat, then laced a single to center field in his third at-bat. The Angels won 7-4 over the Royals, improving to 10-8 in Cactus League play (not that anyone should care).

Morales will be in the Angels’ starting lineup again on Friday afternoon and should be allowed to make regular appearances in Cactus League games until the opening of the 2012 regular season.

If he’s able to avoid setbacks, the 28-year-old Cuban slugger will start at designated hitter this year for Anaheim. He earned MVP votes in 2009 after batting .306/.355/.569 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI.

  1. Glen - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    That’s a good start. He also went first-to-third on a single and scored a run. Having him back in the lineup with some sort of decent production will be huge for the Angels.

  2. sasquash20 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Took him with one of the last picks in my fantasy league. Could be a stud in that line up.

  3. SmackSaw - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Left handed bop. I know he’s a switch hitter. They’re so right heavy, Pujols will see some strikes if Morales is healthy.

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