A big piece of the Angels' lineup will not be available for the start of the season. Kendrys Morales -- remember, it's not Kendry anymore -- is recovering from a broken leg and has reportedly hit a "plateau" in his rehab efforts. (Los Angeles Times )
Angels manager Mike Scioscia has stated Morales needs to get on the field this weekend in order to be ready for the start of the season, but Morales was unable to run curves in the grass Wednesday.
"It's not a setback; there are just some plateaus guys hit," Scioscia told the Times. "You can't force things. He's going to keep working, keep moving forward."
If Morales can't do anything but run straight forward on the dirt, he can't do much good for the Angels. It looks pretty likely he'll be a week or two late to the majors during the regular season, but there shouldn't be setbacks after that. The silver lining here moving forward is it's a bone injury -- not ligament or muscle -- so once it's healed completely, he shouldn't have to worry about reinjury. It's just a matter of getting himself back into shape.
Morales hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI in 2009. Last season, he was .290/.346/.487 until fracturing his lower left leg during a celebration after he hit a game-winning grand slam.
Fortunately for the Angels, they do have Mark Trumbo waiting in the wings. The 25-year-old slugger is tied for the league lead with five spring home runs. He hit .301 with a .945 OPS, 36 home runs, 122 RBI and 103 runs in Triple-A last season.
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