Angels keep Kendrys in mind for time at first

Angels keep Kendrys in mind for time at first

Angels keep Kendrys in mind for time at first
ANAHEIM -- While the Angels are set at first base with Albert Pujols, the team hasn't ruled out Kendrys Morales playing the position sometime this season, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday.

"He isn't an option to play defense right now unless it is an emergency, but at some point this year you'll see him available and playing first base," Scioscia said.

However, Morales isn't there yet. With Morales taking ground balls at first base since the beginning of the season, the Angels want to make sure he goes at his own pace.

"It isn't something we are saying we need to do. It is something that will happen in its own time," Scioscia said. "We just want the availability if a player would have to miss a month or so."

Morales last played first base on May 29, 2010, against the Mariners, the game in which he broke his ankle when celebrating a walk-off grand slam.

"A lot goes into being able to play first base," Scioscia said. "You have to push off to hold the runner, make throws to second and you just need an overall agility. That is a little further down the road.

"We are going to let him go at his own pace and hopefully it won't have to happen this year. He can go out comfortably right now and take ground balls, we just don't have a need for it."