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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #25

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
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Kendrys Morales (foot) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to the Royals' lineup Tuesday.
Morales made an early exit from Monday's series opener against the Indians after fouling a ball off his foot in the fifth inning. X-rays turned up negative and he looked fine running the bases Tuesday night. Jul 20 - 8:47 AM

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Kendrys Morales is day-to-day with a right foot contusion.

Morales fouled a ball off his foot in the fifth inning and was eventually removed for pinch-hitter Christian Colon, who hit a game-tying two-run double in the eighth. X-rays came back negative, so it doesn't appear to be serious.
Jul 18 - 11:39 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI to help the Royals beat the Phillies 6-2 on Saturday.

Morales blasted a three-run home run off Aaron Nola in the second inning before adding a solo shot in the eighth. Morales has now homered in three straight games and has six in his last seven. There isn't a hotter hitter in the majors right now, as an eight-game hitting streak -- during which he has seven multi-hit games -- has his overall line up to .267/.329/.470.
Jul 2 - 11:31 PM

Kendrys Morales, making another start in right field for the Royals, clubbed a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.

With all of the injuries that the Royals have had to deal with, they simply can't keep Morales or Hosmer out of the lineup, even in a National League park, so he's getting run in the outfield. His two-run blast off David Hernandez pulled the Royals to within a run in the eighth inning, but that would be as close as they'd come. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. Morales is now hitting .262/.323/.446 with 12 homers and 41 RBI on the season.
Jul 1 - 10:17 PM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to help the Royals down the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday.

Morales had an RBI double in the sixth inning before belting a solo dinger in the eighth. The home run was his 11th of the year, giving him 39 RBI and 30 runs scored. Morales now has a six-game hitting streak during which he's a ridiculous 16-for-24 (.667). All six games have been of the multi-hit variety. The scorching-hot stretch has his overall line up to .262/.324/.437.
Jul 1 - 12:12 AM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break.
Jun 30 - 1:12 AM

Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats.
Jun 27 - 11:51 PM

Kendrys Morales led the Royals to a 16-5 victory over the Tigers on Saturday by going 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored.

Morales' great game helped the Royals score 16 times without the benefit of a home run. Two of his hits were doubles. The five RBI tied a career high. Morales hit very poorly for the first two months of the season but has been much better in June. Even factoring in the hot streak his .225/.293/.372 season line still looks poor, especially compared to the excellent .290/.362/.485 line he put up last year.
Jun 19 - 12:48 AM

Kendrys Morales is not in Monday's lineup against the Orioles.

He's just getting a breather. Salvador Perez will get the start out of the DH spot while Drew Butera will catch Danny Duffy.
Jun 6 - 4:45 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Morales connected on a Brad Boxberger pitch in the sixth inning for a two-run shot, his sixth of the season. The multi-hit game was his first since May 14 as it's been a trying year for the 32-year-old, who's hitting just .193/.262/.330 through the season's first two months.
Jun 1 - 12:30 AM

Kendrys Morales (finger) is back in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

Morales hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sprained right finger, but he took batting practice Sunday without any issues. He's in the designated hitter spot and hitting fifth against Chris Sale and the White Sox.
May 29 - 12:04 PM

Kendrys Morales (finger) is tentatively penciled into the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He still needs to test out his sprained right finger in batting practice before he's written in in ink. Morales hasn't played since Tuesday.
May 29 - 11:51 AM

Kendrys Morales will miss 3-4 days with a sprained right middle finger.

Morales wasn't in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota and now we know why. Brett Eibner will fill in at DH Thursday against the White Sox. Morales hasn't found his stroke yet this year. So far, he's hitting just .187 with five homers in 45 appearances. Maybe the time off will do him some good.
May 26 - 6:07 PM

Kendrys Morales is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

It appears he's just getting a day off. The Royals have Salvador Perez in the designated hitter spot and Drew Butera at catcher.
May 22 - 12:46 PM

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Morales went deep off reliever Phil Coke, which continued the slugger's fine form against lefties this year. He came into the game hitting .321/.394/.429 versus southpaws and just .154/.188/.275 versus righties. That's the short side of the everyday platoon, though, so the 32-year-old is only hitting .195/.246/.333 and is an afterthought in fantasy leagues right now.
May 11 - 11:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Chris Young
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins
9Brian Flynn