ANAHEIM - Just when you think you know the ending there's a twist.
Kendry Morales hit a game-ending grand slam to beat the Seattle Mariners, 5-1, in 10 innings on Saturday at Angel Stadium.
The Angels' trainer tends to Kendry Morales' foot as Mike Scioscia, left, and teammates look on. Morales landed awkwardly during a celebration at the plate following his game-winning grand slam against the Mariners on Saturday.
A crowd of teammates implored him to leap onto the plate after he circled the bases. He flung his helmet away, leaped into the scrum
and five minutes later he was carted off the field because of a broken left leg.
Surgery will be required to repair the fracture and will be performed by Dr. Phil Kwong, a foot and ankle specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, on Sunday in Los Angeles.
It is too early to set a return date for Morales, but the recovery is likely to take months, not weeks and Morales could miss the remainder of the 2010 season.
Morales was leading the Angels in batting average (.290), home runs (11), total bases (94) and RBIs (39). Morales was the only Angel to appear in each of their first 51 games.
It's going to change the way we celebrate, Manager Mike Scioscia said. It sure is exciting, but you always wonder if it's an accident waiting to happen.
Scioscia wouldn't discuss the Angels' options at first base with Morales out for an extended period.
The Angels are expected to put Morales on the disabled list Sunday and promote Robb Quinlan from Triple-A Salt Lake. Quinlan was hitting .253 with no home runs and five RBIs in 23 games at Salt Lake.
"sparknotes; dumbass angels player slipped on home plate and broke leg after first career grand slam."