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 Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.