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Angels’ Morales Needs More Surgery, Out For Season

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(Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales won’t play this season after deciding to undergo another surgery on his left ankle.

Morales and Los Angeles general manager Tony Reagins announced the decision Wednesday night, leaving a huge hole in the middle of the Angels’ lineup for the second straight season.

The Cuban slugger has been sidelined since May 2010, when he broke his ankle while jumping on home plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam. Although the fracture has healed, the secondary damage of Morales’ jump has caused degenerative cysts and scar tissue in the ankle, said Lewis Yocum, the Angels’ medical

Morales attempted to return in spring training, but has endured repeated setbacks in his rehabilitation.

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