Kendrys Morales has surgery

Updated: May 28, 2011, 3:54 PM ET
By Mark Saxon |

A doctor cleaned up scar tissue and debris and did a bone graft on the left ankle of slugger Kendrys Morales during Thursday's three-hour procedure, according to the Los Angeles Angels.

Morales elected earlier this month to undergo a second operation on the leg he broke last May 29 while celebrating a game-winning home run. Dr. Thomas Clanton of Vail, Colo., performed the surgery.

According to the Angels, the operation went "according to plan." Morales had his first surgery last June 10, but ran into repeated setbacks in his rehabilitation.

Morales finished fifth in MVP balloting after his breakout 2009 season. He won't return until spring training of 2012 at the earliest.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.