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Kendrys Morales Injury Update: Morales Heads To Colorado For Testing To Determine Next Step

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales has had a lot, a lot of time off since hitting his epic, injury-causing home run, but may be on the road to recovery sooner than later as the L.A. Times reports that he is headed to Vail, CO for testing on his left ankle to see what the next step on his rehabilitation process should be.

"We’ll find out if he can step up to the next level and start more rigorous baseball activities," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "I wouldn’t say Kendrys’ 2012 season hinges on the answers we get this week, but the optimism we already feel could be enhanced."

In case you forgot, Morales broke his left ankle while jumping onto home plate after a game-winning grand slam back on May 29, 2010, and hasn’t played since. He also hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBI in in 2009 as well. He’s also had two surgeries on that ankle since.

Morales has been doing things like jogging on a "de-weighted" treadmill and hitting off a tee, but the Angels will have a better feel for his next move after these tests. He could be a great left-handed counterpart at first base along with righty Albert Pujols if he returns to his 2009 form.

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