Kendrys in high spirits while visiting Halos

Kendrys in high spirits while visiting Halos

Kendrys in high spirits while visiting Halos
ANAHEIM -- Still recuperating from his second left ankle surgery, Kendrys Morales walked around the Angels' clubhouse and chatted with teammates before Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

"He is bouncing around much better than we anticipated. He is walking really well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't know if it is any indication of where he will be in the spring, but he is very comfortable where his ankle is and where he will be in the future. It is good to see."

Morales still has not begun any type of baseball activity but is walking on a treadmill and lifting weights.

When Morales finally returns to the Halos, it'll be nearly two years since he played in a Major League game.

And while the Angels first baseman realizes it has been a long time since he's faced big league pitching, he plans on having at least 100 at-bats before the season starts.

"My goal is to be ready for the season, but I realize how long it has been since I played. I am just trying to get back to being 100 percent," Morales said through a translator.

Morales broke his ankle May 29, 2010, while jumping on home plate in a celebration of a walk-off home run.

"From the first surgery to this one, I already feel an improvement," Morales said. "The biggest process I have to go through now is mentally."