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Jose Morales | Catcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Pirates signed C Jose Morales to a minor league contract.
The deal includes an invite to spring training. Morales, who turns 29 in February, batted .267/.352/.317 with a .699 OPS over 71 plate appearances with the Rockies this past season before fracturing his right thumb in June. He'll compete for the backup catcher job behind Rod Barajas. Wed, Dec 7, 2011 11:13:00 AM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates are close to an agreement with Jose Morales.

Morales batted just .267 with a .669 OPS in 71 plate appearances for the Rockies this year before fracturing his right thumb in June. He'll serve as depth for the Bucs.
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 01:28:00 AM

Rockies sent C Jose Morales outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Morales batted .267/.352/.317 with three doubles, seven RBI and a .669 OPS over 71 plate appearances until fracturing his right thumb in mid-June. With Chris Iannetta, Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco on the 40-man roster, he probably doesn't have a place with the team in 2012. He has the option to declare free agency.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 09:26:00 AM

Jose Morales (thumb) is getting close to going out on a minor league rehab assignment.

Morales hasn't played since June 15 due to a fractured right thumb. He is still feeling some discomfort while swinging left-handed, but the Rockies are optimistic he will be able to return after rosters expand in September.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 06:12:00 PM

Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that Jose Morales (thumb) could be back with the Rockies this month.

Morales has been sidelined since fracturing his right thumb in mid-June. It's not yet clear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment. Eliezer Alfonzo will continue to serve as the primary backup to Chris Iannetta for now.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 04:45:00 PM

Jose Morales is expected to have the pins removed from his surgically-repaired right thumb.

Morales fractured his right thumb in mid-June when he was struck with a foul tip while playing behind the plate. There's no clear timetable for his return, but he could be back later this season.
Mon, Jul 25, 2011 08:33:00 PM

Jose Morales underwent surgery on his fractured right thumb.

Morales broke his thumb when he was struck with a foul ball during last Wednesday's game against the Padres. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Monday that he could return later this season. Matt Pagnozzi will serve as the backup to Chris Iannetta during his absence.
Mon, Jun 20, 2011 06:00:00 PM

Rockies placed C Jose Morales on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with a fractured right thumb.

Morales suffered the injury when he was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Padres' catcher Rob Johnson during Wednesday's game. The 27-year-old backstop is batting .267/.352/.317 with three doubles and seven RBI over 71 plate appearances this season. Matt Pagnozzi will replace him on the active roster.
Fri, Jun 17, 2011 05:10:00 PM

Rockies acquired C Jose Morales from the Twins for LHP Paul Bargas.

Morales, 27, should serve as Chris Iannetta's backup in Colorado next season. He posted a .194/.295/.250 batting line with zero homers, two doubles and seven RBI over 36 at-bats in 2010 for the Twins.
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 05:59:00 PM

Jose Morales made his first career start at first base Wednesday and went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a walk.

Morales was supposed to be Joe Mauer's backup this year, but he injured a wrist in the offseason, underwent surgery and then fell behind Drew Butera on the depth chart. As a result, he entered the day with just 19 major league at-bats this season. A far stronger hitter than Butera, he might yet work his way back into the Twins' plans for 2011. He's not likely to be on the postseason roster this year, though.
Wed, Sep 22, 2010 03:56:00 PM

Twins recalled C Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester.

Morales was expected to open the year as Joe Mauer's primary catcher, however wrist surgery cost him the first part of the year. The 27-year-old backstop is 0-for-4 in five games with the Twins this season, but has spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Rochester, batting .264/.350/.380 with three home runs and 25 RBI. He'll be a third catcher down the stretch.
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 08:41:00 AM

Twins optioned catcher Jose Morales to Triple-A Rochester.

Twins fans may have forgot that Morales was even on the active roster, as he was recalled from the minors on July 25 and logged just five plate appearances since then (drawing one walk and going 0-for-4). He returns to a .280/.373/.391 line in 261 plate appearances for Rochester. Morales should be back in September as the third catcher.
Sun, Aug 15, 2010 05:52:00 PM

Twins recalled catcher Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester.

The 27-year-old Morales hit .311/.381/.361 with seven RBI in 119 at-bats last season for the Twins but underwent surgery on his right wrist in late-January and saw defensive-minded Drew Butera snatch the back up job behind Joe Mauer. Morales hit .280/.373/.391 in 261 plate appearances for Rochester and will serve, for now, as the team's third catcher.
Sun, Jul 25, 2010 06:21:00 PM

The Twins are expected to activate catcher Jose Morales (wrist) from the disabled list on Thursday and option him to Triple-A Rochester.

Twins general manager Bill Smith said he'll share at-bats with Wilson Ramos, who was sent back to the minors on Wednesday. "There will be enough at-bats and enough innings behind the plate for both of them," said Smith. "It's just like last year when we had Butera and Morales in Rochester, and both needed to catch." Morales was previous rehabbing his surgically-repaired right wrist in extended spring training.
Thu, May 13, 2010 12:08:00 PM

Jose Morales, who is currently rehabbing from surgery on his right wrist, experienced a setback by injuring his hip during an extended spring training game this week.

"He caught nine innings (at extended spring training), then DH'd and then has a little sore hip right now," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, "so we're going to back off a little bit." Morales was reaching the point where a minor league rehab stint was a possibility, but the Twins will treat him conservatively for now.
Wed, May 5, 2010 12:49:00 PM

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PosRoleName
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2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
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PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel