TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels first baseman Kendry Morales said he felt perfectly fine swinging from both sides of the plate in his recovery from surgery on his lower left leg, and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher has seen nothing to dispute that in early workouts. "He's able to do whatever he wants right now -- hit balls off the wall the other way, homers, line drives," Hatcher said. "This guy looks good." Morales said his one hurdle is regaining full running speed, and that will take some time. But he's encouraged by hitting in spikes and feeling no pain in the left ankle area.
Shortstop Erick Aybar and outfielder Chris Pettit, also rebounding from injuries, have been swinging the bat under Hatcher's supervision.