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Kendrys Morales takes some positive steps

3/10/2011

The Angels just saw something from Kendrys Morales they’ve been waiting weeks for: progress.

Morales ran in the outfield Wednesday, which isn’t a big deal until you remember he had been shut down from running since he arrived in Arizona on Feb. 13. It apparently went well, because there’s now talk Morales could be in a spring training lineup within a week or so, which would put him squarely on target for Opening Day in Kansas City.

“Kendrys had a great workout,” manager Mike Scioscia told reporters in Arizona.

Morales is widely viewed as the Angels’ best hitter and he’s penciled in to bat cleanup. He finished fifth in American League MVP voting in 2009, when he mashed 34 home runs, and was on a similar trajectory before breaking his left ankle last May 29.

Whether he’ll open at first base or designated hitter remains to be seen, but playing defense shouldn’t be much of a hurdle. He participated in defensive drills Thursday morning.