TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels had a bad winter. There's no way they're going to convince me they didn't.
But if they can assure me that Kendry Morales is going to hit the way he did in 2009, I might be ready to say that they're not going to have a bad summer.
Morales hit 34 home runs, drove in 108 runs and had a .924 OPS (best in the American League West) two seasons ago. He had 11 home runs and 39 RBI in a 2010 season that ended on May 29 when he broke a bone in his lower leg.
"If we didn't lose him, I think we make those last four games [of the season] in Texas meaningful," manager Mike Scioscia said Monday.
Morales began spring training Monday with a long scar on the outside of his left ankle, and with some question about whether he'll be ready for opening day.
Scioscia said he's "very comfortable" that Morales will be ready. Morales told reporters that "I do know it's a possibility that I may not be."
The Angels were widely regarded as winter losers, in large part because owner Arte Moreno began the winter by saying he would "spend what it takes" to put his team back on top. The Angels then lost out on top target Carl Crawford, and didn't sign Adrian Beltre, either.
Scioscia said the winter wasn't a disappointment because the Angels eventually traded for Vernon Wells. And it is worth noting that while Wells' contract is a lot higher than his value, he is a useful player who will make the Angels better on defense, and perhaps offensively as well.
"Are we disappointed with our offseason? I'm not," Scioscia said.
His pitchers seem to agree.
"With a few additions that we've made, and with Kendry coming back, we should be fine," Dan Haren said. "A big thing people don't know is how many fly balls our pitchers give up. I'm up there, Jered [Weaver] is up there and Ervin [Santana], too. With Wells, [Peter] Bourjos and [Torii] Hunter out there, not too many fly balls are going to fall in.
"With the staff we have, we shouldn't have to score too many runs. Look at the Giants last year. They didn't score 6-7 runs a game."
The Giants were ninth in the National League in runs last year. The Angels, even without Morales for much of the year, were ninth in the American League.
If Morales is back to being the 2009 Morales, maybe the Angels will be good enough, even without Crawford or Beltre.
But will he be?
"When I'm 100 percent, the results will come," Morales said.
"The long-range prognosis is very good," Scioscia said. "And he's not a guy that's going to need 80 at-bats in spring training. I'm very comfortable with the time frame that he's going to be 100 percent for the start of the season."