Kendrys Morales runs the bases, finally nears game action

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Kendrys Morales is finally making major progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle and could make his spring training debut later this week.

Morales ran the bases in cleats yesterday and afterward manager Mike Scioscia replied “absolutely” when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day, which is the most optimism anyone has shown about Morales in quite a while.

Morales reported no problems after running the bases, telling Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com: “I didn’t feel anything at all, wasn’t scared doing it or anything.”

Scioscia mentioned that his “gait much better” than previous attempts to resume running, but admitted that “his legs just need to get used to running” and “there’s some stiffness he’ll need to work out.”

Jenny Cavnar to call Rockies play-by-play on Monday night

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According to former major leaguer and current broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs, Jenny Cavnar will be calling play-by-play of Monday night’s game against the Padres for the Rockies. The broadcast will be on AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain Region.

Cavnar will be at least the third woman to call televised play-by-play for a major league team, joining Gayle Gardner (Rockies, 1993) and Suzyn Waldman (Yankees, mid-1990’s).

Broadcasting remains largely the domain of white men, so it’s always good when women and people of color are able to have a seat in the broadcasting booth.