Kendrys Morales likely still at least three weeks from playing

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Kendrys Morales is eligible to come off the disabled list next week, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia made it clear that he’s likely still at least three weeks from returning to the Angels’ lineup.

Morales has been taking batting practice, but still hasn’t been cleared to run at full speed 10 months after breaking his ankle and, according to Scioscia, would likely need to play at least 10 games on a minor-league rehab assignment before being activated.

That makes a late-April debut the best-case scenario. Morales suffered the injury on May 29 and initially hoped to be ready for Opening Day.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.