The Angels' designated hitter hardly starts when an opposing lefty is on the mound -- manager Mike Scioscia uses those as his off-days to keep him fresh -- but it's evident when he does that his timing isn't the same. Heading into Tuesday's game against A's righty Graham Godfrey, Morales was hitting .309 (29-for-94) from the left side but had only three hits and no walks in his 20 plate appearances from the right.
Switch-hitters usually struggle most from the right side simply because they see right-handed pitchers more frequently. For Morales, who missed the previous 1 1/2 seasons and hardly starts when an opposing lefty is on the mound, hitting from the right side can be an even bigger challenge.
"It had been a long time since I hit from the right side," said Morales, who went 0-for-4 when starting against A's lefty Tommy Milone on Monday. "It's normal for it to be like that. There are times when I have started against a lefty, but they're very few and far between and usually it's only one at-bat. It's very difficult to adjust like that, but I think I'll get there."