Kendrys Morales ahead of schedule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Los Angeles Angels are hopeful slugging first baseman Kendrys Morales can come off the 15-day disabled list within three weeks. Earlier indications were Morales would be out until mid-May, at the earliest.

Morales, who is traveling with the Angels in Kansas City, has resumed taking ground balls and will "definitely" be cleared to start running by next Wednesday, manager Mike Scioscia said.

Morales broke his left ankle last May 29 and had his rehabilitation cut short by pain in the ball of his foot and big toe. The Angels are targeting April 7, when their Class A Inland Empire team begins games, for Morales to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Scioscia said Morales will need roughly 10 days of seeing live pitching before he returns.

"Obviously we're not going to rush it," Scioscia said. "This jump right now from starting baseball activities to starting to run again, to being 100 percent ready for games might come within four days. It might come within 10 days. You don't know."

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.