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.”

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.