Angels, Kendrys Morales reach contract terms, avoid arbitration
Morales broke his left ankle when he jumped on home plate following his game-winning homer over the Seattle Mariners on May 29, 2010. He hasn't played since having surgery and a follow-up operation last May to clean scar tissue and debris in the ankle joint.
Morales, who has also undergone a bone graft, currently is participating in some conditioning and baseball-related drills, General Manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters Tuesday, and will work out for Dipoto and others Friday in Arizona.
Dipoto said he would not set a target date for Morales' return, only whenever "Kendrys mends."
The Angels would obviously love nothing more than to place the switch-hitting Morales in the lineup with newly acquired first baseman slugger Albert Pujols. Morales in 2009 batted .306 with 34 home runs and 108 runs batted in.
-- Lance Pugmire
Photo: Kendrys Morales in 2010. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times