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Angels put lid on celebrations

Kendry Morales gets tended to after breaking his leg during Saturday’s celebration over his winning grand slam.

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Kendry Morales gets tended to after breaking his leg during Saturday’s celebration over his winning grand slam.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Winning homers followed by wild celebrations make for great theater, but that glee can come at a cost.

Just ask Angels 1B Kendry Morales, whose game-ending grand slam Saturday night left him unable to walk off the field. Morales broke his leg while leaping onto the plate and being smothered by teammates.

"It wasn't a fun night. It's sickening to lose a player the way we lost Kendry. And it's not going to happen again here," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

"It's an emotional game, and when you win like that, it's so exhilarating when you get caught up in the moment. But we need to do a better job than to get hurt in a dogpile scenario celebrating a win."

Scioscia held a closed-door meeting Sunday and laid down the rules. 1B Robb Quinlan was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, but Sunday's lineup had C Mike Napoli at first, a position he had never played in the bigs.

Morales, 26, was scheduled to have surgery Sunday, but doctors decided to wait until the swelling subsides.

Scioscia said it was an accident waiting to happen, but it didn't have to, an opinion echoed by hitting coach Mickey Hatcher.

"He's 200-something pounds, and there's no reason why he should have leaped in the air," Hatcher said. "That plate is always slippery, and you don't know what you're going to get."

BEANED PITCHER OKAY: A few hours after he took an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head, Indians LHP David Huff was cracking jokes.

A day later, he thought he'd be ready to make his next start.

"I haven't had the need for Tylenol or anything like that," said a cheerful Huff, who showed off the sizable knot over his left ear. "I kind of forget I got hit and I'm scratching my head, like, 'Oh, wait. That hurts.' "

Huff had more neurological testing done and will continue to be evaluated for post-concussive symptoms, which don't always manifest immediately.

In other Indians news, CF Grady Sizemore will have surgery on his left knee this week and is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks.

I'M NOT WORTHY: Dallas Braden doesn't feel he has earned the right to welcome Roy Halladay to the perfect-game club.

The A's LHP pitched his perfect game May 9 against the Rays and got a call of congratulations from White Sox LHP Mark Buehrle, who threw the previous one, also against the Rays. But Braden didn't feel qualified to call the Phillies ace, who pitched his Saturday against the Marlins.

"I don't think there's anything a guy like me can say to congratulate a star of his level," he said.

BRAVES: C Brian McCann missed his fourth straight start with a strained right quadriceps but said he hopes he won't miss any more.

CUBS: RHP Carlos Zambrano will return to the rotation Wednesday more than a month after being sent to the bullpen.

DODGERS: RHP Charlie Haeger's return from the disabled list is on hold after he sustained another foot injury while rehabbing from plantar fascitis in his right heel. RF Andre Ethier, however, is set to come off the disabled list today after a rehab stint for his broken right pinkie.

NATIONALS: Top prospect Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start for Triple-A Syracuse at Buffalo on Thursday. The team has not said when the right-hander, last year's top pick, will make his big-league debut.

RANGERS: RF Nelson Cruz went on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season with a strained left hamstring.

Angels put lid on celebrations 05/30/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 30, 2010 9:51pm]
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