Kendrys Morales can start running

Updated: May 6, 2011, 8:59 PM ET
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- First baseman Kendrys Morales rejoined the Los Angeles Angels on Friday but will not participate in any baseball activities, manager Mike Scioscia said.

Morales, recovering from left ankle surgery, met with team doctors Friday and was cleared to begin running without limitations. Scioscia said he expected Morales to start running on a treadmill as soon as Friday. There was no timeline set for Morales to begin hitting.

"Some of this is normal rehab and some of this you just don't know with an injury of this nature," Scioscia said. "You don't know exactly how you'll respond when you start putting force on it again."

Morales broke his ankle while celebrating a walk-off grand slam in May 2010 and was lost for the season. He was pacing the Angels in nearly every category at the time of his injury, leading the team with a .290 batting average, 11 home runs and 39 RBIs.

"It hasn't even been a year yet," Scioscia said. "Obviously this was a serious injury and you're going to have to be patient through some parts of it. That's what we've got to be right now.

"To say I'm surprised? No. I think there has been some frustration because he's gotten very close at times, to where you think there's been breakthroughs and he's going to be on the field."

Blair Angulo is a regular contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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