Freak Accident Mars Los Angeles Angels Celebration

The MLB’s Los Angeles Angels could be without their best hitter for a long period of time, no thanks to what could only be described as a freak accident at the end of the team’s 10-inning, 5-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Angels first baseman Kendry Morales, the team’s hitting leader, injured his left ankle while celebrating with teammates his game-winning grand slam.

Morales jumped in the air around homeplate after completing his walk-off grand slam, but apparently landed on a teammate’s foot, causing him to fall down and writhe in pain for several minutes. He was carried off on a stretcher after trainers fitted his injured ankle with an air cast. The Angels have yet to reveal the full extent of Morales’ injury, but it is very possible that he would miss a good part of season.

Manager Mike Scioscia said the incident will “change the way we celebrate.” “It’s definitely not the mood we would expect in the clubhouse after a win, but when something like that happens, it’s definitely disturbing,” he said.

Morales, who had a breakout season last year, leads the Angels in batting with a .290. He is also the team leader in home runs (11) and RBIs (39).