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Angels' Kendry Morales finally arrives for spring training

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A smiling Kendry Morales finally arrived at the Angels' spring-training facility here Tuesday afternoon and Angels' Manager Mike Scioscia said the slugger was "good to go."

The switch-hitting first baseman, a Cuba native, had been delayed while finalizing U.S. immigration paperwork, according to the Angels. Morales had a banner season in 2009, hitting .306 with 34 home runs and 108 runs batted in.

Morales arrived at Tempe Diablo Stadium after his teammates had finished their workouts, but he was able to say hello to Scioscia before leaving to get a physical. Morales said he would start practicing with the club and meet with the media Wednesday.

One subject likely to come up is the reported disappearance of $300,000 from Morales' bank account, which has prompted an investigation of a former employee of the sports-management firm that formerly represented Morales, according to a recent ESPN.com report.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Angels first baseman Kendry Morales circles the bases after hitting a home run in Boston against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series in October. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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