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Angels 1B Kendry Morales will undergo surgery Thursday

June 8, 2010 |  5:55 pm

Kendry Morales, who broke a bone above his left ankle in a freak mishap while jumping on home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Seattle Mariners on May 29, will undergo surgery on Thursday, Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.

During the procedure, which will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Phil Kwong, a metal rod and several screws will be inserted into the fractured fibula. The extent of the injury--and duration of his rehabilitation--won't be known until after the surgery.

The Angels hope Morales, who was batting .290 with 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in, can return in September, but there is a good chance he will be out the remainder of the season. The Angels have won eight of nine games since Morales was hurt.

"I think he's over the shock of it," Scioscia said before Tuesday night's game. "He's disappointed, but he's come to grips with understanding the process, with the surgery. We've stressed to him the importance of listening to the doctors, taking his time, don't rush it. He's anxious to get into the healing and rehabilitation."

--Mike DiGiovanna in Oakland



 

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