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Scioscia: Morales closer to returning

Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 4:39 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Kendrys Morales The latest news on Kendrys Morales is good, with the Angels expecting him to be able to be ready for a rehab assignment with the minor-league season starts on April 7.

"That would be the window we're looking at," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register . "Obviously, we're not going to rush it. This jump from starting baseball activities to running 100 percent to being ready to play in games might come within four days, it might come within 10 days. You don't know."

Morales resumed batting practice on Monday and has also added agility drills and defensive work since then. Scioscia said he will "definitely" be running at some point during this road trip, which includes four games in Kansas City starting later today and two games at Tampa Bay.

Morales will be wearing new cleats and orthotic inserts when he does begin his straight-line jogging.

Scioscia also said lefty Scott Downs will also likely start the season on a rehab assignment in the minors, while Joel Pineiro is still on track to start the team's home opener on April 8.

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