TEMPE, Az. For the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this spring, the hype has been about Albert Pujols.
The hope, for the Angels, has been for Kendrys Morales.
So far, so good.
And it got even better on Thursday afternoon.
Morales, out since fracturing his lower left leg in a home late celebration of a May 29, 2010 walk-off grand slam against Seattle, faced big-league pitching in a game for the first time in 661 days, and passed every test he was given, including showing no hesitation to run the bases and slide.
"This was a real step I wanted to take today," Morales, a Cuban defector, said through an interpreter.
Pujols continued to do what the Angels want him to do after giving him a 10-year, 240 million free-agent contract to lure him from St. Louis to provide a major offensive influx, doubling home a run in a four-run second of the 7-4 victory against Kansas City, leaving his average at .364.
And Morales started to do what the Angels hope he can once again do. After sufferi...