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Morales feels good after hitting in Minors games

Morales feels good after hitting in Minors games

Morales feels good after hitting in Minors games
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels infielder Kendrys Morales ran the bases on Friday in what manager Mike Scioscia called a "tremendous workout" and followed that with five at-bats in Minor League games at the Angels' complex on Friday afternoon.

After running the bases for the first time on Sunday, Morales spent about 15 minutes running on a practice field before taking swings against live Double-A and Triple-A pitching.

Morales bounced back and forth between two games at camp in Tempe -- taking with him a posse of onlookers every step of the way -- and went 2-for-5 with two singles and a strikeout. He had a pinch-runner each time he reached base.

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"It felt good," Morales said. "Today is the first day I was hitting in the field, so I was happy."

Morales missed part of the 2010 season and all of 2011 recovering from a fractured left leg suffered on May 29, 2010. He broke out in '09 with 34 homers, 108 RBIs and a .306 average.

Scioscia said Morales had been bothered recently by some right calf soreness, but Morales said after the workout that he felt no pain and that it was just a matter of comfort. He also said he was able to run 100 percent on a couple of occasions.

The skipper said he'd like to see Morales get 40-50 at-bats before joining the big league club.

"It depends on how he feels and how he recovers as to what we can do," Scioscia said. "This guy's been swinging the bat for most of the time last year during the spring and up until the time he had his surgery. He started swinging the bat really again in November, just dry swings. I don't think it's going to be that foreign to him. We're not asking him to go ice skating. We're asking him to do something he's done his whole life."

Depending on the results the rest of the way and how the club feels about his progress, Morales said could be on the field for Opening Day.

"If I get more confidence, get a couple more at-bats and get in the field so I can start getting better every day," he said. "Every day is a new day for me."

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