Monday, April 11, 2011
Morales gets a little closer and other notes
By Mark Saxon
* 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.