The Angels hope 1B Kendry Morales, who broke his left leg celebrating a game-winning grand slam Saturday, can return by September if everything goes well with his surgery and rehab. Morales will have surgery once the swelling subsides and then spend four to six weeks on crutches. After that, it’ll be a matter of regaining leg strength and baseball timing.
In the interim, manager Mike Scioscia said he would use catcher Mike Napoli and reserve infielder Robb Quinlan at the position (backup outfielder Michael Ryan also has gotten a start). But GM Tony Reagins said he is interested in making a trade for a first baseman to make a run at the injury-riddled, up-for-grabs AL West.
According to ESPN, the most likely viable trade targets are the Diamondbacks’ Adam LaRoche, the Astros’ Lance Berkman, the White Sox’s Paul Konerko, the Indians’ Russell Branyan and the Brewers’ Prince Fielder.
Comcast Sports reported that Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell is available, although Boston radio station WEEI reported the Angels have not expressed interest in him.