Angels’ Kendry Morales Ahead of Schedule
April 2, 2011 Leave a comment
With the baseball season officially underway, the Los Angeles Angels have announced they feel slugging first baseman Kendry Morales is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and should re-join the team in about three weeks (ESPN News link).
Last season, Morales broke his leg in a celebration at home plate after connecting on a walk-off grand slam. In 2009, Morales finished fifth in the American League Most Valuable Player voting after a season in which he hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 runs batted in. Morales posted an impressive .924 OPS in part thanks to the 43 doubles he hit. Before his injury last year, Morales was hitting .290 in 51 games with 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in.
Morales is the difference between the Angels battling to stay above .500 and competing for the division crown. Morales provides pop that no other batter in the Angels line-up can match. A healthy Morales sandwiched between the likes of Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter will make the offensive attack much deeper and more dynamic. As the line-up stands now, the Angels looks rather pedestrian and doesn’t match up well with the Texas Rangers attack. The Angels pitching staff is above average, but can’t compete with the Oakland A’s.
However, all of that changes with the insertion of Morales back into the everyday batting order.