PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Kendrys Morales is ready for a fresh start.
In 2009, he batted .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBIs. Five years after his arrival to the U.S. from Cuba via the Dominican Republic, Morales was thriving.
By May 29, 2010, he was one of the top hitters for the Los Angeles Angels in just his second full year in the majors.
That day in May, Morales hit a game-winning grand slam to beat the Mariners in the 10th inning at Angels Stadium.
He jogged around the bases toward a celebrating crowd of teammates and jumped on home plate, landing awkwardly and breaking his leg.
That ended Morales’ season and forced him to miss all of 2011 as well. Morales returned to the Angels in 2012 and batted .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Then on Dec. 19, he was traded to Seattle for pitcher Jason Vargas.