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Scioscia: Baylor eager to return to Angels quickly

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 02 2014 09:49:55 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB
ANAHEIM, Calif. -

The Los Angeles Angels have had their share of freak injuries, some even tragic, during their history. They added yet another on opening night before the game even started.

The only two MVPs in club history teamed up on the ceremonial first pitch Monday night, Vladimir Guerrero (MVP in 2004) throwing to Don Baylor (MVP in 1979). The throw was to the right side of Baylor, 64, who reached across his body to make the catch, causing his right leg buckle in a grotesque manner.

Baylor suffered a fractured femur, and he had surgery to repair it Tuesday. Recovery time is typically three months, but Baylor was already trying to figure out a way to stay active in his first season as the club's hitting coach.

"Don's one tough guy," manager Mike Scioscia said before the Angels' 8-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. "He's not giving in to anything. He wants to get back and help us. He'll get this done, and we'll see exactly where he is, what he can do. ... Knowing Don, he'll want to come on the next road trip.

"He's going to have an impact for sure -- watching video, texting, staying connected -- whether he's here or not."

Assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen will take over the hitting coach duties in the meantime, and the club summoned Paul Sorrento, the organization's minor league hitting coordinator, to help Hansen.

Baylor's injury is second gruesome, freak accident suffered at the plate area in Angel Stadium in the past four years.

Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales suffered a fractured left ankle as he celebrated a walk-off grand slam against the Mariners on May 29, 2010. Morales leaped onto the plate but landed awkwardly, and he missed almost two seasons after a first surgery did not repair the damage.