Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales' rehab from a leg injury a year ago isn't going the way the team would've hoped. After being seen by a specialist, Morales is back in Arizona. Writes Kevin Baxter:
Morales, out because of a broken ankle since May, took a step backward in his rehab when he returned to the team's training base in Arizona after being reexamined Wednesday by Dr. Phil Kwong, a foot and ankle specialist.
"I don't think there's much that we can do differently right now. Just have to be patient," Scioscia said. "There's a lot that's healing in there with his ankle. And some parts are just very, very slow."
Morales can only recover as quickly as he can recover, and no faster than that, and at this point even seeing him back in June seems like a long shot. Until he can come back, the Angels will keep leaning on rookie Mark Trumbo, who to date has batted .239 with four home runs but a troubling one unintentional walk to go with 23 strikeouts. Trumbo's OBP is a lowly .264.