ANAHEIM -- Kendrys Morales' numbers through 56 games -- .270 batting average, seven homers and 23 RBIs -- aren't ideal for a cleanup hitter and aren't the type of numbers Morales produced before having to undergo two left ankle surgeries. In many ways, he hasn't been able to get into a proper rhythm just yet. It's hard to do so when you hardly play in National League parks (Morales started one each in Colorado and Los Angeles, and none in San Diego), barely ever start against lefties (like Barry Zito on Tuesday) and are trying to get acclimated to being a designated hitter for the first time. But that's the reality of the Angels' roster and Morales' own situation this year.
"It's pretty tough to get your rhythm like that, but you have to get used to it," Morales, batting .186 in June, said in Spanish. "That's how it is right now. Once someone starts adjusting better, they start playing every day, too. But right now, I'm still a little off."