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Some good tidings on Kendry Morales

Yesterday, the news around the Angels' best hitter was generally gloomy after Kendry Morales said he wasn't sure he'd be ready in time for Opening Day.

But there are signs of hope for Morales already, too. Hitting coach Mickey Hatcher has been working with Morales and Erick Aybar, the two rehabbing hitters, on a back field in these early days of camp. Hatcher said Morales' swing looks excellent from both sides of the plate.

Another key: Morales has been able to hit while wearing spikes and isn't feeling any pain in his surgically repaired left ankle afterward.

"He's able to do whatever he wants right now," Hatcher said. "Hit balls off the wall the other way, homers, line drives. This guy looks good."

Morales likely won't see major-league pitching for weeks and probably won't be running until late this month, at the earliest, but there's a chance he'll pick up right where he left off, at least in the batter's box.