Morales undergoes surgery on broken leg

Morales undergoes surgery on broken leg

OAKLAND -- Angels first baseman Kendry Morales underwent successful surgery to repair his fractured left leg on Thursday.

After Thursday's 6-1 loss to the A's, manager Mike Scioscia declared Morales out for the season, which was assumed since he went down last month. As for Morales' long-term recovery outlook, Scioscia said the prospects look good, but that there's no timeline set for his return to baseball activities.

Since Morales went down on May 29, when he broke his leg jumping on home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam, the Angels have gone 9-3.

Scioscia said he's happy with Morales' replacements thus far, but that the team isn't averse to trying to trade for a bat.

"I don't think [general manager] Tony [Reagins] will put anything on hold if it's available now and it's the right move for us," Scioscia said. "But right now, there's nothing that's real imminent -- in talking to Tony -- that's going to fill that void."

Without Morales -- who was leading his team in average (.290), home runs (11) and RBIs (39) at the time of his injury -- Scioscia said his team will have to rely on its pitching and defense.

In 12 contests sans Morales, the Angels have scored an average of 5.8 runs per game, up from their season average of 4.7.

"There's a lot of positives we've seen from our offense in the last 10 games or so," Scioscia said. "Whether Kendry was in the middle of the lineup or not, you definitely need some of the guys we've talked about to start to contribute -- and that's what we've seen. That's why we've made a little bit of a push here."

Scioscia said he expects to see a few of his hitters to heat up as the season wears on, specifically Juan Rivera (.237), Howard Kendrick (.255), Bobby Abreu (.258) and Hideki Matsui (.260).

"There's not one guy that is going to bring what Kendry was going to bring," Scioscia said. "But as a whole unit from one to nine, I think you're going to see some of that production absorbed."

Alex Espinoza is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.