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03/29/11 9:51 PM ET

Morales cleared to resume baseball activities

ANAHEIM -- Experiencing no setbacks after taking batting practice Monday, Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales resumed baseball activities Tuesday.

Morales, who will start the season on the disabled list as he recovers from surgery on his lower left leg, was examined by Dr. Phil Kwong at Angel Stadium before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.

"We had no surprises," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The next step for him is running on the ankle and taking ground balls."

The Angels also got encouraging news about right-hander Joel Pineiro, who threw 59 pitches in four innings Tuesday in Arizona without any discomfort.

However, the righty will still open the season on the DL after being pulled out of his start on March 20 with tightness under his right shoulder blade.

Piniero will pitch one more time in Arizona before being slotted back into the rotation, which will most likely be April 8 for the home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Worth noting: Outfielder Vernon Wells was in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Dodgers after injuring his left hamstring running to first base in Wednesday's game against the Giants.

Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.