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Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:50 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 11:12 pm

Angels manager Mike Scioscia talked as far back as the winter meetings in Florida last December of how important slugging first baseman Kendrys Morales would be in the middle of the 2011 lineup, but Morales on Wednesday went from a late-starter to non-starter.

In a devastating blow to the Angels, Morales will undergo a second surgery on his troubled left ankle and miss the entire season.

The Angels said early this spring that they thought Morales would be healed and ready to go by opening day after undergoing surgery early last June to repair a fractured left ankle suffered when he leaped onto home plate after hitting a game-ending grand slam last May 29.

However, Morales' ankle did not respond this spring when he tried to run on it and he never could get liftoff. He never could run at full speed this spring, and he never improved. As Scioscia said, he "plateaued."

That carried into the season -- he's been on the disabled list since opening day -- and Morales on Tuesday traveled to Colorado to see a specialist to get a second opinion.

That opinion led to his decision a day later to undergo another surgery -- still unscheduled -- that will clean out debris and scar tissue. Angels orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum said the doctors in Colorado will begin the surgery arthroscopically and hope to conclude it that way. There is the chance, however, that they would have to go into the ankle again. Morales is expected to schedule the surgery soon.

"Kendrys has worked as hard as any athlete I've ever worked with in coming back from a devastating injury, and he hasn't been able to do it," Yocum said.

The remaining options were to continue to treat the injury and healing process conservatively, or to undergo another surgery.

"Did I think I'd be at this point? No," Morales said through a translator as the Angels played the White Sox on Wednesday. "But, obviously, I think this is the best decision."

Morales slugged 34 home runs, collected 108 RBI and finished fifth in the AL MVP balloting in 2009. He was hitting .290 with 11 homers and 39 RBI through 51 games at the time of his injury last May.

The Angels were planning on his bat returning as a major weapon in 2011.

But they and Yocum said Morales will be out a "minimum of six months" following this second surgery.

"It's definitely a challenge for us, not having Kendrys," general manager Tony Reagins said. "He's a significant part of what we do. In the middle of our lineup, he's definitely a significant bat."

But the Angels learned to play without him last year, Reagins said, and they must do the same in 2011. Of course, the Angels also finished 80-82 without him last summer.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:50 pm

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

That's moronic. He made a gay jump in order to have a cutesy exclamation point on a walkoff and the idiot broke is ankle. No one told him to jump into a pile of players. After missing 1 and 1/2 seasons, do you think he could've just crossed home plate like a man?

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:24 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

To those who think Morales injured himself, it looked in the replay like he was hit by a teammate in mid-air. That affected his landing. Most teams will surround home and let the player land safely on the plate before jumping on him (still potentially dangerous, but not as much). If anyone is to blame, it's his over-exuberant teammate.

And if you know anything about broken ankles, depending on where the break is, it can take multiple years and surgeries to fix. Only the craziest NFL players will play through that, and they'll probably be hopped up on "painkillers".

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:32 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

Freak injury, long, arduous rehab now becoming even longer.  I just don't understand how anyone could berate this guy.  Before the injury he quietly put up some really fantastic numbers.  No flash, just results.  I agree with those who wish him the best.  Here's to a full recovery and a long, productive career.  Heck, if the Halos get tired of waiting for him, we'll take him.  I'd much rather have a DH who can potentially lead the league in HRs rather than lead it in 2Bs like Billy Butler.  Nothing against Mr. Butler, but we continue to lack a true masher in the 3 or 4 hole.  (Unproven farm hands, not withstanding.)  Good luck, Kendry.  You'll be back better than ever!      

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:57 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

To say you hope someones career is over is one of the most shallow and ridiculous statements I have read on these posts.Im a White Sox fan so no I'm not just some perturbed fan of the Angels.Besides the fact of the A's not having one player even remotely close to as lethal of a bat as kendrys.Better hope your pitching carrys your team because thats about all they have.Don't give your team a bad name by being an ignorant fan.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:45 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

You're an idiot.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:48 am
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Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:20 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

Awesome.  He'll be a huge sleeper pick next year.  My team is the Cubs so all I usually get to look forward to is fantasy baseball.  The Cubs upcoming offseason should be interesting though seeing as how they have a ton of money coming off the payroll.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:02 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

I feel sorry for him. I  hope he comes back next year heathy.

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:15 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

your a meat head

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:04 am

Angels' Kendrys Morales done for the year

What a loser, and even more of a pu$$y, this clown has to miss 1 2/3 seasons because he did a little fairy leap onto home plate after a walk off HR? What a joke man, and this guy gets his full pay in the meantime, great scam.

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