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#pounditMonday, January 30, 2023

Kendry Morales Hurts His Ankle Celebrating Walkoff Grand Slam

I don’t believe it’s possible to oscillate from a greater high to a worse low than what the Angels and their fans went through on Saturday afternoon. After being shutout for seven and a third innings by Felix Hernandez, Bobby Abreu finally homered to tie the game at one. Things went to the bottom of the 10th tied 1-1 when the Angels loaded up the bases with one out. A double play could have ended the inning while a hit or deep fly ball would have won the game. Or if you’re Kendry Morales, a grand slam to deep center would do the trick. For a team that has been struggling as much as the Angels have the entire season, winning a low-scoring game on a walkoff grand slam could have been the impetus for a winning streak and corresponding surge in the AL West standings. Instead, one of the best moments of their season turned out to be one of the worse.

After circling the bases and heading for homeplate to celebrate with his teammates, Morales jumped onto home. It was hard to tell if he slipped on the plate, landed on a teammate’s foot, or if he just landed awkwardly but Morales definitely hurt himself on the landing. Morales immediately went down in pain and the team had to cart him off the field and take him to the hospital to have his ankle examined. Like I said, I don’t believe it can possibly get worse for a team that’s already having a rough year. Matter of opinion, this is a microcosm of the Angels’ entire season. Somewhere Bill Gramatica is shaking his head. Here are some pictures of Kendry Morales’ ankle injury:

Photo Credits: Harry How/Getty Images, FOX TV


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