Angels’ Morales won’t return this season

Although the Angels had held out hope that first baseman Kendry Morales (ankle) would be able to return late this season, the Los Angeles Times reported that won’t be the case.

Morales, injured in the now-infamous celebration after a walkoff grand slam on May 29, had surgery Thursday. The damage was extensive enough for doctors to rule out a return for Morales this season.

Morales, whose breakout 2009 season included a .306 average, 34 homers and 108 RBIs, leads the team a .290-11-39 stat line at the time of his injury. The team has withstood his loss thus far, going 9-3 without him.

The team is trying catcher Mike Napoli at first base, but the Los Angeles Times speculated the Angels could explore the trade market, with White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Diamondbacks first baseman Adam LaRoche, Astros first baseman Lance Berkman, Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton, Indians first baseman Russell Branyon and Cubs infielder/outfielder Xavier Nady as potential targets.

Although the Angels had held out hope that first baseman Kendry Morales (ankle) would be able to return late this season, the Los Angeles Times reported that won’t be the case.

Morales, injured in the now-infamous celebration after a walkoff grand slam on May 29, had surgery Thursday. The damage was extensive enough for doctors to rule out a return for Morales this season.

Morales, whose breakout 2009 season included a .306 average, 34 homers and 108 RBIs, leads the team a .290-11-39 stat line at the time of his injury. The team has withstood his loss thus far, going 9-3 without him.

The team is trying catcher Mike Napoli at first base, but the Los Angeles Times speculated the Angels could explore the trade market, with White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Diamondbacks first baseman Adam LaRoche, Astros first baseman Lance Berkman, Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton, Indians first baseman Russell Branyon and Cubs infielder/outfielder Xavier Nady as potential targets.

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