Kendry Morales, on the DL for almost a year with an ankle injury, is not able to run comfortably and has opted to visit an orthopedist Monday. ESPNLosAngeles.com is reporting that Morales has been doing cardio work for several weeks but he had tried to run in spikes and felt discomfort.

Morales’ story is one of the more unbelievable sports injury tales in recent memory. The slugging 1B broke out big in 2009 with a 34  HR/108 RBI effort that included a slash line of .306/.355/.569. He was close to duplicating those numbers over the first 50 games last season when he belted a walk-off grand slam to defeat the Mariners on May 29.

But he was injured in the pileup of celebrating teammates at home plate and had to be carted off the field. It was revealed that Morales suffered a left ankle fracture and now, nearly a year later, there is still some discomfort when Morales engages in “impact activities. Walking and riding a stationary bike are ok but the slugger can’t venture much beyond that.

The Angels have played Mark Trumbo at 1B for 28 games this season with Trumbo hitting .265/.296/.500 with 6 HR and 17 RBI, 4BB and 27 K’s.