Scioscia: Morales unlikely for spring opener

Scioscia: Morales unlikely for spring opener

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Being game-ready for the exhibition opener may be a little too ambitious, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia sees plenty of optimism regarding Kendrys Morales' recovery from a broken left ankle -- even though he's seen this before.

"There's absolutely nothing in his ankle, right now, that looks like it's going to inhibit him from being where he needs to be," Scioscia said. "You just want to [see] progress [with] him there."

That progress continued on Tuesday, the second straight day in which Morales ran a handful of light sprints on the outfield grass. The switch-hitting slugger, who continues to hit and throw, said he was constantly feeling soreness after running last spring. So far, nothing.

When asked about whether Morales was on track to play as soon as March 5, a split-squad road game against the Athletics, Scioscia said that would "be a little too aggressive." As for when he can play in Cactus League games, which he wasn't able to do last spring, that's all on Morales.

Again.

"When he's running all out, without any restrictions, he's going to play," Scioscia said. "And he might end up running better as time goes on, but as soon as he gets to a spot where there's no restrictions and he's running whatever 100 percent is at that time where he's not hurt, he'll play. So we're excited about that."