ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Trumbo's .225 batting average, three homers and nine RBI are going to have to do for awhile longer. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Monday's series opener against Oakland that Kendrys Morales' rehab is, well, about where it was the last time we heard.
"His progress has been slow," Scioscia said of Morales, whose rehabilitation moves to the Angels' extended spring training camp in Arizona when the team is on the road. "He's having problems getting full explosion when he runs."
There are two types of running Morales has been doing this spring while coming back from a fractured left leg, suffered in late May, and subsequent surgery: Straight-ahead running, and running in which he makes turns, or curves.
He's been all but unable to do the latter without feeling pain in the leg, which is a serious obstacle given that he is going to have to be able to go full tilt around the bases before being activated.
The Angels curbed Morales' rehabilitation in mid-March, after he began feeling pain in the ball of his left foot. He resumed his rehabilitation on April 12 but, nearly two weeks later, he appears no closer to returning than he did then.
The Angels have been scuffling badly offensively and enter Monday's series opener against Oakland having not scored in their past 19 innings. Morales in 2009 finished fifth in the AL MVP voting after slugging 34 homers with 108 RBIs and hitting .306.
Whenever he is cleared to play, he's expected to go on a minor-league injury rehabilitation assignment so he can see live pitching in game situations. That likely will run somewhere from 10 to 20 games -- 40 to 60 at-bats, Scioscia says.