Eight games into the season, though, the Angels designated hitter seems to have hit a wall.
Morales went 0-for-5 on Saturday and is now just 1-for-23 with seven strikeouts since going 4-for-4 in the second game of the season. Even worse, Morales -- who has batted cleanup behind Albert Pujols in five of his seven starts, including Saturday -- doesn't have a single RBI yet.
"I haven't felt well adjusted just yet," Morales, now batting .200 on the year, said in Spanish, prior to his club's 7-1 win over the Yankees. "I've had good swings, but I haven't been able to make good contact. You just have to give it a little bit more time to adjust a little bit.
"I think it has a little bit to do with the amount of time I went without playing. I think as I start seeing more pitches, I'll keep getting better."
Morales missed nearly two full seasons with a broken left ankle and didn't get back into Major League games until his Cactus League debut on March 22 -- a span of nearly 22 months.
The 28-year-old Morales swung the bat well immediately upon returning, finishing Spring Training with a .367 batting average (11-for-30) and two homers. But pitchers tend to attack hitters differently in April than they do in March, and so far, Morales has been swinging at a lot of pitches out of the strike zone.
"I think he's just getting re-acclimated to the season, re-acclimated to the grind," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He'll get there."