While Kendrys Morales resumed running about two weeks ago, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times earlier today that he isn’t any closer to a minor league rehab assignment.
“His progress has been slow,” Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “He’s having problems getting full explosion when he runs.”
Morales has done some running in a straight line and some curves, but has yet to do either at full speed.
There’s no current timetable for his return, but Scioscia believes Morales will need between 10-15 games and 40-60 at-bats once he’s ready for a minor league rehab assignment. The Angels were hoping for a return in early May, but that’s obviously unrealistic at this point.
Mark Trumbo has logged most of the at-bats at first base during Morales’ absence this season, batting .225/.253/.400 with three homers and nine RBI over 83 plate appearances.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.