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Kendrys Morales plays in a minor-league game

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
<player idref=It was a minor-league game, but Friday was a major milestone for the Angels' Kendrys Morales, who played in his first game in nearly two years.

Morales went 2 for 5 against the Diamondbacks at Tempe Diablo Stadium's minor-league complex. He hadn't played in a game since breaking his left ankle in a celebration of a walk-off grand slam on May 29, 2010.

The switch hitter batted left-handed in all five plate appearances, singling twice and striking out, as well. He ran at full speed twice, he told reporters. He also had a pinch runner after both of his singles (you can do that sort of thing in minor-league exhibitions).

"It felt good. Today is the first day they let me out there," Morales told reporters through a translator (via the Orange County Register). "No pain. I just need to be more comfortable."

Morales had a baserunning workout before the game and was cleared to play in the minor-league game.
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