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03/23/2012

Texas Rangers, beware the return of this Los Angeles Angels player

Kendrys-morales-story-presswireBetween Yu Darvish, C.J. Wilson, Albert Pujols, Joe Nathan and a handful of others who were added to the both the Texas Rangers and Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels it's really easy to see why the return of one particular infielder may get lost in this stars 'o'rama-thon.

Texas Rangers, beware Kendrys Morales.

It has been so long you may not even remember his name. But it's very likely you remember how he left the game via one of the weirdest injuries ever on a baseball field.

In 2010, Morales was in the process of establishing himself as one of the top all around offensive hitters in the AL West, and perhaps all of baseball. On May 29, 2010 Morales hit a walk-off grand slam against the Mariners and upon on his arrival to a very crowded home plate, he jumped up only to land and fracture his left ankle.

On Thursday, 22 months after that injury, Morales returned and made his first appearance in a "real" game for the Angels. As the DH in a Cactus League game, Morales went 2-for-3 with a run.

In 2009, Morales hit .306 with 34 home runs, 43 doubles and drove in 108 runs. He finished fifth in AL MVP voting that season. The Angels were potent enough with guys like Pujols and Mike Trumbo, this lineup was going to be enough of a problem. If Morales is anywhere near is 2009 form, it's just one more guy to an already deep lineup.

 

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Love to see him play like he used to. We need some bigger bats and he would be huge for us if he played as well as he used to.

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