Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales earned a seat next to Bill Gramatica at the Whoops Table Saturday after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Seattle Mariners, only to break his leg crossing home plate in celebration with his waiting teammates. Team doctors announced late yesterday that the team’s leader in homeruns (11) and RBI (39) has already suffered a setback, as they cannot conduct surgery until the swelling subsides. Despite the severity of the injury, manager Mike Scioscia believes that Morales will be back before the end of the regular season.
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Morales was scheduled to undergo surgery Sunday but doctors decided to wait until swelling subsides.
Scioscia said he didn’t believe it would be a season-ending injury for the 26-year-old first baseman, based on what the club has been told.
Before Sunday’s game, Scioscia met with his players behind closed doors and talked to them about such celebrations.
The Angels also won Sunday night’s game with a three-run walk-off homerun, but this time Howie Kendrick’s teammates waited in foul territory to congratulate him after he calmly crossed home plate. Scioscia said from here on out his team will refrain from celebrating victories completely, adding, “If the Cubs can do it, why can’t we?”