Morales gets a little closer and other notes

April, 11, 2011
4/11/11
5:55
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* The Angels still aren't sure when they'll get slugger Kendrys Morales back, but they're about to put him through a significant test.

For just the second time since he reported to spring training nearly two months ago, Morales will test his left ankle by attempting to run on it. Manager Mike Scioscia said Morales has been feeling "terrific" lately and that he should be running in the next "day or so."

If Morales can run without pain, he could begin a minor-league rehabilitation start, his final hurdle before he joins the Angels. He fractured his left ankle last May 29. The Angels are targeting early May for Morales' return.

* Vernon Wells, stuck in a 4-for-40 slump at the start of his Angels career, reported for early batting practice before Monday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians. Typically, the early session of batting practice is for young players and bench players. Scioscia left it up to Wells' and he asked to get in the early work with hitting coach Mickey Hatcher.

"Mickey thought he saw some things and Vernon felt good with it, so we'll see how it goes," Scioscia said.

* Should Tyler Chatwood, 21, win tonight's game for the Angels, he would be the youngest pitcher to win his debut since Scott Kazmir in 2004.

Lineups:

Cleveland

1. Michael Brantley CF

2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS

3. Shin-Soo Choo RF

4. Carlos Santana C

5. Travis Hafner DH

6. Orlando Cabrera 2B

7. Austin Kearns LF

8. Matt LaPorta 1B

9. Jack Hannahan 3B

Angels

1. Maicer Izturis SS

2. Howie Kendrick 2B

3. Bobby Abreu DH

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Wells LF

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Mark Trumbo 1B

8. Hank Conger C

9. Peter Bourjos CF

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Howie Kendrick
BA HR RBI R
.292 7 72 85
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 35
RBIM. Trout 110
RM. Trout 113
OPSM. Trout .949
WJ. Weaver 18
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164