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Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:22 am
By Matt Snyder

More than 18 months since breaking his ankle while celebrating a walk-off home run, Kendrys Morales' long and winding road to a hopeful return continues. The latest news, via, is that Morales has been cleared to "ramp up" baseball activities, as he's been running "on his own body weight" recently. He's also been hitting off a tee.

“The news has been consistently positive, and we’re hopeful of a healthy return,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said earlier this week ( “With the depth we have at the corners, we’re not contingent on his return by opening day, but we’re optimistic that could happen.”

Ah, yes, the depth at the corners. Specifically first base. The Angels have the runner-up for 2011 AL Rookie of the Year in Mark Trumbo ... and you may have heard of this dude they just signed in early December? His name is Albert Pujols.

In all seriousness, the Pujols signing actually should help Morales. He doesn't have to worry about playing the field any time soon. If Morales can get close to full health with that ankle and swing the bat the way he's capable --  he hit .306/.355/.569 with 34 homers and 108 RBI in 2009 -- he can be the designated hitter and bat cleanup as protection for Pujols. Should that happen, the Angels have a logjam with people like Trumbo and Bobby Abreu, but it would sure be a nice problem to have.

Still, there have been so many setbacks with Morales' rehab, there's very little reason to be more than cautiously optimistic for his chances of a healthy return.

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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:06 pm
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Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:32 pm

Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

So he just recently started to run on his own body weight.  Red Flag!  He might be Fielder size at this point.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:35 pm

Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

What on earth makes you think the Rays would do that deal? Laroche is making 8 million this year, they aren't going to take that kind of contract back on Upton, even if it is a 1 year deal. Look for them to acquire young talent in return for Upton, or at the very least, some cheap back-end bullpen options. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:06 pm

Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

I would love it if the Rays did that deal.  But there's no way in hell they're doing that deal.  The downside on Trumbo is that he's going to be 26 and he just put up a sub .300 OBP.  So he definitely has warts.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:53 pm

Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

, Get used to this trade: Adam LaRoache for B.J. Upton. Gonna happen as soon as the Nats sign Prince.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:34 pm

Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

wont be marketable until late spring training when he shows (or doesnt) that he"s healthy and ready to mash

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Kendrys Morales cleared to 'ramp up' activities

The Rays will gladly trade for Trumbo or Morales. Upton and and Neimann for Trumbo?

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