Kendrys Morales “cleared to start light jogging” … again

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Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29, 2010, suffering numerous setbacks along the way, and the Angels first baseman still sounds iffy to be ready for Opening Day.

Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports that Morales “has been taking batting practice and has been cleared to start light jogging on a treadmill equipped with a harness that takes some of his weight off his legs.”

Plunkett notes that Morales advanced more or less that far last spring before undergoing a second surgery and missing the entire season, so his progress this time around isn’t exactly encouraging.

Or as Mike Scioscia put it: “I think we want to just tread lightly on this one and make sure that he’s along before you start to get excited about it.”

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.