While the Angels were absorbing the news that Mark Trumbo will be out for the final three games of the season Monday, they got some good news when Kendrys Morales walked across their clubhouse without a cast or walking boot and without a noticeable limp.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he was surprised to see Morales moving so well.
Later, Noel Pineiro Planas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com caught up with Morales about his lengthy comeback from two major ankle surgeries. Morales tells Pineiro Planas he is optimistic about returning next season.
If you don't read Spanish, here is the gist of the story, at least my interpretation of it:
Por Noel Piñeiro Planas
ANAHEIM – Optimistic. That’s how Cuban first baseman Kendrys Morales feels about his chances of returning to baseball next year with the Los Angeles Angels after 16 months of inactivity. He broke his left ankle in May of 2010 and needed two operations to fix it.
In his first appearance at Angel Stadium in five months, Morales said it has been just one week since he was able to stop wearing a walking boot. He added that he currently feels none of the pain he felt before undergoing the second surgery on May 27. In that operation, doctors cleaned up scar tissue and loose bodies that formed after the first surgery. They also inserted a bone graft.
“Right now, everything’s going well,” Morales told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com. “It’s getting better step by step. The process is where it should be. I’m strengthening my leg and doing the exercises the doctor gave me in order to be ready for next year.”
Morales admits to some frustration and said he misses the game he has been playing all his life, but he insists that he has the will to return to the Angels and be a productive player again.
“It’s been a difficult process mentally, because this is the longest I’ve ever gone without playing baseball,” Morales said. “It has made me mentally stronger, but players need to have the capacity to be mentally tough, to be mentally positive and think that everything’s going to be OK.”
Morales batted .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBIs in 2009 and was on a similar pace before breaking his ankle on May 29, 2010.