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Angel Kendrys Morales has more ankle surgery

Photo: Kendrys Morales. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire. Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales underwent a second surgery on his broken ankle Thursday and after cleaning out scar tissues and other debris, doctors performed a bone graft as well.

Morales had a pin and six screws put in his ankle last June after breaking it while celebrating a game-winning home run. The Angels had hoped to have Morales back this season but after he was unable to run hard on his ankle through spring training and the first six weeks of the regular season, Morales elected to have a second operation.

Thursday's three-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Clanton in Vail, Colo. No timetable has been established for Morales' recovery and rehab.


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Photo: Kendrys Morales. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire.

Angels' Kendrys Morales, Scott Kazmir stalled in comeback efforts

Photo: Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales tosses a hat back to a fan after signing his autograph during the team's home opener. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times Angels Manager Mike Scioscia is not optimistic the team will see first baseman Kendrys Morales or left-hander Scott Kazmir any time soon. Morales, out with a broken ankle since last May, returned to the Angels' training camp in Arizona after being reexamined Wednesday by Dr. Phil Kwong, a foot and ankle specialist.

“I don’t think there’s much that we can do differently right now. Just have to be patient with this thing,” Scioscia said. “There’s a lot that’s healing in there with his ankle. And some parts are just very, very slow.”

Kazmir, who lasted just five outs in his only big-league start this season, has also seen his progress stalled. He last pitched Thursday in an extended spring training game in Arizona with mixed results.

“He threw some real good sliders and changeups,” Scioscia said of Kazmir’s Thursday outing. But “But the fastball command is something that has to keep moving forward.”

Kazmir will throw at least one more extended spring game before the Angels decide where to send him next.

The Angels had better news regarding infielder Maicer Izturis, who has been limited to pinch-hitting duties lately by a sore left hamstring. Scioscia said Izturis had a full workout Friday and is expected to play Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays.


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Photo: Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales tosses a hat back to a fan after signing his autograph during the team's home opener. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Kendrys Morales' rehabilitation from broken ankle hits another snag

Photo: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium April 11, 2011. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire Some days, Kendrys Morales runs in a straight line, some days he runs curves, but the Angels first baseman has run neither at full speed, preventing him from clearing a major hurdle in his rehabilitation from a broken left ankle that has sidelined him for almost a full year.

"His progress has been slow," Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged before Monday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. "He's having problems getting full explosion when he runs."

After Morales is able to run the bases full speed, he will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment of about 10-15 games in length; Scioscia said Morales, who in 2009 hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 runs batted in, should need 40-60 at-bats before he is ready to resume big-league play.

But Morales seems no closer to beginning a rehab assignment today than he did on April 12, when he resumed running for the first time since mid-March.

"There are setbacks and plateaus" in the recovery process, Scioscia said. "He's due to break through a plateau."

The Angels weathered Morales' absence in the first three weeks of the season, winning 12 of their first 18 games, but the offense wilted in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox this past weekend, the Angels hitting .158 (21 for 133) in the series and getting outscored, 20-5.


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Angels Notes: Scott Downs, Kendrys Morales making strides

Untitled-1 Left-hander Scott Downs, on the disabled list with a broken toe, threw 15 pitches in a simulated game, then did some fielding drills early Tuesday afternoon at Tropicana Field. He could make a minor league rehab appearance soon and, if there are no setbacks, could be back in the Angels bullpen by the end of the coming homestand.

Kendrys Morales, out since May with a broken ankle, is also making progress in his rehab. He moved well in a fast-paced fielding drill at first base Tuesday and took part in batting practice. The Angels hope to test his ankle with some straight-line running while in St. Petersburg, but there is no timetable for his return.

Meanwhile, Vernon Wells, who is trying to rehab his batting stroke, was on the field for early batting practice five hours before Tuesday’s game. Wells was 3 for 18 (.167) in the Angels' season-opening series in Kansas City.


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Photo: (left) Scott Downs and Kendrys Morales. Credit: Charlie Riedel / AP

Battered Angels getting better

Pineiro_275 The Angels went into Thursday's season opener in Kansas City with three key players -- first baseman Kendrys Morales, reliever Scott Downs and right-hander Joel Pineiro -- on the disabled list. But all three are making progress in their recoveries and could be back sooner than anticipated.

Morales, whose power bat the Angels' desperately need, took grounders at first base for the first time in more than a week and could be sent out for a rehab assignment when the minor-league season begins April 7.

"He still has a progression of running and running 100%," Scioscia said of Morales, who has been sidelined since breaking an ankle last May. "Once he's running 100% and he recovers the next day, he's ready to go play in games. He will definitely be running on this road trip, and then he'll be able to evaluate and see where he is and how far away he is."

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Angels' Kendrys Morales making progress in comeback

Morales_240 Kendrys Morales is progressing in his rehab and could be in the lineup within the next week.

The slugging first baseman, whose 2010 season ended in May when he broke his left ankle, has been putting on impressive displays in batting practice this spring, and Wednesday he began running normally again. That marks a big step forward for Morales, who had previously been limited to treadmill workouts during which he wore a special harness that reduced the body weight his injured ankle had to support.

"Kendrys had a great workout," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He ran outside, ran great. "

As Morales' ankle has healed he's become more involved in defense drills. He participated fully in Thursday morning's workout and Scioscia hopes to continue that schedule.

"You want him to just get the functionality of reading balls off the bat on the defensive end and  getting into the right-side defense aspect, which he’s been practicing," Scioscia said. "Breaking for a ball in the hole, getting back to first, all the little things that come into playing that position he’s got to get reacquainted with."

Even if Morales' comeback continues apace, Scioscia said the team is unsure whether Morales could play first base every day from the start of the season or whether he'll have to spend some time as the designated hitter. That will weigh heavily in how the team sets its opening day roster.

Morales is an important part of the Angels' offense. In his first full big-league season, in 2009, he hit .306 with 34 homers and 108 RBIs, finishing fifth in voting for the American League's MVP award.

Other notes from Thursday morning:

-- Right-hander Loek Van Mil, at 7-foot-1 the tallest man in professional baseball history, is scheduled to pitch in today's split-squad exhibition with the Kansas City Royals in Tempe. Van Mil, who came to the Angels in the Brian Fuentes trade last August, has been a favorite of visiting reporters. A Japanese film crew even dedicated a segment to him. But he's been slowed in camp by shoulder inflammation and knee tendinitis.

"I'm just excited. It's my debut with my new team," Van Mil said.

-- Right-hander Trevor Bell, who is likely to start the season at Triple A Salt Lake, saw his latest session pitching batting practice pushed back, but he said his arm feels better. Bell, who reportedly is experiencing shoulder stiffness, hasn't appeared in a game since March 2.

-- Infielder Alexi Amarista was on crutches after sustaining a bone bruise in his heel.  Scioscia said he'll be out a couple of more days.

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.

 Photo: Kendrys Morales. Credit: Kirby Lee / U.S. Presswire.


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