ANAHEIM -- With Kendrys Morales set to get a second opinion on his injured left leg on Tuesday in Vail, Colo., from Dr. Thomas Clanton, Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes it could get him on track quicker.
"It is just to get piece of mind for him and where his rehab is going, and see if any opinions could help him move ahead more rapidly," said Scioscia.
While Scioscia said Morales' injury is pretty "cut and dry," he believes it is important to get verification for the Angels first baseman.
Morales wants to get a second opinion so he can take the last step and feel comfortable moving forward.
"We're going to the specialist because he knows best," Morales said through translator Diego Lopez. "I know my injury. I knew it was going to take some time. We just have to wait it out."
Morales rejoined the team on Friday from spring training camp in Tempe, Ariz., as he continues to recover from left ankle surgery. He has been running with full weight on his leg, however the Angels still have no timetable for his return or for when he will add anything to his regimen.
"It's all about feeling my best," Morales said. "Until I don't feel that way, I won't return."
Hunter gets first day off of season
ANAHEIM -- For the first time this season on Sunday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't pencil Torii Hunter's name into the starting lineup.
"It is just a day off," Scioscia said. "He has been in there every day and we played a lot of baseball in Boston and have played a lot back here, so it is a good day for him to catch his breath."
Scioscia said nothing is limiting Hunter physically to need the day off.
"The day off should just bring him up a notch," said Scioscia.
After falling into a slump to begin the season, the Angels right fielder is batting .333 in his last 11 games with three RBIs and three extra-base hits.
"He has used the whole field better and gone to right field more," Scioscia said. "He has stayed on more pitches and has got some hits to fall in."
Bobby Abreu replaced Hunter in right field.
Honorary Bat Girl shines on Mother's Day
ANAHEIM -- Melanie Hansen took the field prior to the Angels game on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians, ready to throw out a ceremonial first pitch on a day that means so much to her as a breast cancer survivor.
Hansen, the winner of the 2011 Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Angels, survived breast cancer after a double mastectomy. Since then, she has participated in a focus group at the City of Hope and taught Laughter Yoga as an alternative therapy to fellow survivors and health care professionals.
Her goal now is to work with medically challenged children so that she can share her experience as a childhood survivor of leukemia. Hansen continues to receive chemotherapy at the City of Hope in order to combat the recent diagnosis of spots on her liver and tumor on her back.
"It is a great thing for the community to come together like this," Hansen said. "We need to raise awareness. I hope that I can inspire others and that I have a story that will touch others involved to do something."
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother's Day.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver, who was part of a panel of celebrity judges that helped select Hansen and whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, liked everything Hansen has done for the community and has done to raise awareness about the disease.
"Her story just stood out," Weaver said of Hansen. "For someone like that to go through what she went through and stay positive, that's pretty special."
Along with celebrating the honorary bat girl, the Angels, and the rest of Major League baseball, used pink bats by Louisville Slugger to raise awareness for breast cancer.
"I am jealous because I don't get to swing them, but it is still a cool deal," Weaver said. "The guys enjoy it, so it is pretty cool."
Others players enjoy doing their part to make as many people as possible aware of the disease.
"It helps celebrate mothers and breast cancer survivors," Howard Kendrick said. "Anything you can do to help support the cause, I think that is huge."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.