Angels Notes: Morales Plays, Iannetta Bruised, Santana OK

News and notes from Anaheim:

  • Kendrys Morales saw his first in-game action in nearly two years this afternoon, racking up two singles in five at-bats against the Diamondbacks Double-A and Triple-A squads, reports Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register. All his at-bats coming from the left side--thus pivoting on his surgically repaired left ankle--Morales sprayed his first base hit to left field and grounded his second into right. Morales flew out twice and struck out swinging in his other three at-bats.
  • Smith also reports on the health statuses of the rest of the Angels squad, and expects Mike Trout, Maicer Izturis and Bobby Cassevah to all make their spring debuts in the next few days.
  • Catcher Chris Iannetta was pulled in the second inning of the Angels split-squad game against the Indians this afternoon after being struck in the right elbow by a foul tip, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. For now the injury is being considered just an elbow bruise. Manager Mike Scioscia was unsure if Iannetta had been taken for X-rays.
  • Angels announcer Victor Rojas tweeted videos of both Morales' second and final at-bats today (after the jump):


  • Lucy Pugmire of the LA Times reports that Ervin Santana will not miss next start this spring despite a bruise on his throwing shoulder. Santana played catch without any discomfort yesterday, just a day after taking an Alexei Ramirez line drive off his shoulder.
  • SB Nation's Jeff Sullivan weighs in on why he thinks the Angels have the best starting rotation in baseball, and why the rotation isn't getting the hype the Phillies got last season.
  • Angels owner Arte Moreno was named the LA Sports Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council last night in downtown L.A., ESPN reports.
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