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Kendrys Morales | Designated Hitter | #8

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LAA
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Kendrys Morales has been added to the Blue Jays' lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Rangers.
Morales was originally scheduled to get the day off, with Josh Donaldson filling in at DH, but Donaldson has been scratched with a sore left knee. Jun 22 - 1:14 PM

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Kendrys Morales is getting the day off Thursday against the Rangers.

Josh Donaldson will take a turn at DH and Russell Martin will start at third base. Morales went 2-for-4 in the Blue Jays' win over Texas on Wednesday night.
Jun 22 - 11:08 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 and scored a run in a 7-5 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

He singled and scored during a six-run first inning for his club. Morales has been a stalwart presence in the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup again this season. The veteran designated hitter has a .267 batting average with 15 home runs, 36 runs and 42 RBI. He hasn't stolen a base since 2009.
Jun 22 - 1:32 AM

Kendrys Morales delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning on Monday, propelling the Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Rangers.

The Blue Jays entered the ninth inning trailing 6-5, but evened up the score when Josh Donaldson slashed an RBI single to left field to plate Ryan Goins. After Jose Bautista walked, Morales came through with the go-ahead knock that Roberto Osuna would make sure held up. He also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-5. Morales is hitting .260/.309/.492 with 15 homers and 42 RBI on the year.
Jun 20 - 12:26 AM

Kendrys Morales slugged his 15th home run of the year Sunday in the Blue Jays' 7-3 defeat of the White Sox.

It was a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh off White Sox reliever Dan Jennings. Morales also hit a ground-rule double in the bottom of the first inning off White Sox starter James Shields. The veteran designated hitter is batting .257/.307/.490 with 41 RBI in 64 games this season for Toronto.
Jun 18 - 4:27 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a 7-6 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

He plated a run with a groundout in the third inning, then provided the biggest blow of the game by hitting a three-run blast in the fifth. The veteran designated hitter has been solidly productive this year, batting .254/.307/.470 with 13 longballs and 38 RBI.
Jun 14 - 11:33 PM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two walks and four runs scored Monday versus the Reds.

As you might imagine, Morales doesn't score four runs in a game very often. It's just the fourth time it's happened, and in one of the previous games, he hit three homers. Morales has been much improved in May and is hitting .258/.320/.466 with nine homers for the season.
May 29 - 11:44 PM

Kendrys Morales finished 0-for-3 with a walk in the Blue Jays' loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

Morales is batting just .247 with a .303 on-base percentage in 46 games this season for Toronto, though he has produced a .448 slugging percentage and nine home runs. A little more consistency would be nice.
May 28 - 4:04 PM

Kendrys Morales clobbered his ninth home run of the season on Friday as the Blue Jays outlasted the Rangers.

His solo shot in the fifth inning increased the Jays' advantage to 6-3. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .250/.300/.452 with nine homers and 26 RBI on the year.
May 26 - 11:00 PM

Kendrys Morales smacked a two-run homer Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Morales' longball off of Jimmy Nelson in the fifth inning extended the Blue Jays' lead to 4-0 and they wound up hanging on 4-3. While his .244/.295/.433 batting line isn't anything to write home about, Morales has swatted eight home runs and driven in 25 runs.
May 23 - 11:04 PM

Kendrys Morales finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Blue Jays to a lopsided 9-0 victory over the Braves on Thursday.

Morales doubled among his four hits, but it was a pair of RBI singles -- one in the third inning, one in the fourth -- that plated his two runs driven in. The four hits were as many as the designated hitter had in his previous eight games combined. The 33-year-old is hitting .255/.302/.443 with seven homers and 23 RBI in his first year with the Jays.
May 18 - 11:47 PM

Kendrys Morales is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

With the game being played down in Atlanta, there is no designated hitter slot for Morales. He will be available to pinch-hit. The Jays will send Joe Biagini to the mound in this one, to be opposed by Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz.
May 17 - 4:07 PM

Kendrys Morales crushed his seventh home run of the season as the Blue Jays topped the Mariners on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

His sixth-inning solo shot off of Tony Zych was his only hit in four at-bats on the afternoon, but pulled the Jays' even at 2-2. Morales is now hitting .244/.293/.450 with seven homers and 21 RBI in his first season with the Jays.
May 13 - 4:40 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Kendrys Morales (hamstring) could be available to pinch-hit Friday against the Mariners.

Morales is sitting out for the second night in a row but his injured hamstring is already feeling better and the Blue Jays are confident he'll avoid the disabled list. Jose Bautista will serve as the DH for Thursday night's series opener.
May 11 - 4:47 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Kendrys Morales (hamstring) could be available to pinch-hit Friday against the Mariners.

Morales is sitting out for the second night in a row but his hamstring is already feeling better and the Blue Jays are confident he'll avoid the disabled list. Jose Bautista will serve as the DH for Thursday night's series opener.
May 11 - 4:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Chris Coghlan
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dwight Smith Jr.
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Joe Biagini
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4J.P. Howell
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7Danny Barnes
8Jeff Beliveau
9Bo Schultz
10Glenn Sparkman
11Leonel Campos