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Angels 1B Kendrys Morales suffers setback in return from broken leg

March 22, 2011 |  1:27 pm

Morales_225 Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales has been shut down for an indefinite period because of soreness in the ball of his left foot, an injury that is not directly related to the surgery he had to repair a broken bone above his left ankle but has slowed his rehabilitation from that injury.

Morales returned to Los Angeles on Monday to be examined by Dr. Phil Kwong, a foot and ankle specialist. An MRI test revealed no structural damage in the foot, but there is too much inflammation for Morales, who will open the season on the disabled list, to resume his running program.

"He's still working through some flexibility issues with his ankle and foot, and until those are resolved, he can't move forward," General Manager Tony Reagins said. "Obviously, we'd prefer he was ready [for the season], but we understand the significance of the injury.

"We have to be smart. It's a long season ahead of us. If we can be conservative and smart on the front end, hopefully it will benefit us in the long run."

Morales, who underwent surgery to repair the broken leg in June, has not played in an exhibition game this spring. He began running from home to first on March 15, but the pain in the ball of his foot prevented him from taking hard turns on the bases.

"I'm real confident in saying he'll be back in relatively short order," Reagins said. "I'm not anticipating him being out for months."

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-- Mike DiGiovanna in Tempe, Ariz.

Photo: Kendrys Morales. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire

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