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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 is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.
Randal Grichuk will also take a seat. Steve Pearce is getting a start out of the DH spot while Curtis Granderson will start in right field and bat leadoff. The hot-hitting Teoscar Hernandez is in left. Apr 24 - 3:51 PM

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Blue Jays activated DH Kendrys Morales from the 10-day disabled list.

Morales missed the minimum amount of time with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. With the Blue Jays deciding to keep Teoscar Hernandez on the roster for now, it's possible Morales could be benched a little more often moving forward.
Apr 20 - 12:23 PM

Kendrys Morales (hamstring) is expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible this Friday.

Morales was placed on the DL on April 10 after suffering a Grade 1 right hamstring strain while running the bases in an April 9 game against the Orioles. The veteran slugger had a homer and six RBI through eight games when he landed on the shelf, but he was also sporting a weak .227/.280/.364 overall batting line. Morales turns 35 years old in June.
Apr 18 - 1:31 PM

Kendrys Morales (hamstring) did some running at Rogers Centre on Monday.

Morales strained his right hamstring a week ago and this is the first bit of running he's done since then. There's no timetable for his return, but obviously Monday's activity is a good sign.
Apr 16 - 6:44 PM

Blue Jays placed DH Kendrys Morales on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Morales suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain during Monday's game against the Orioles and figures to miss around two weeks. Yangervis Solarte is at DH and batting cleanup Tuesday versus Baltimore.
Apr 10 - 3:46 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Monday's game that he doesn't expect Kendrys Morales (hamstring) to need a disabled list stint.

Morales departed Monday's game against the Orioles with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. That he doesn't have to play defense and can't really run, anyway, would seem to give him a better shot to not miss time than most.
Apr 9 - 10:28 PM

Kendrys Morales exited Monday's game versus the Orioles with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.

Morales injured the leg while running the bases in the second inning. A Grade 1 strain is the least severe, but it could still very well result in a stint on the disabled list for the designated hitter. Morales will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Apr 9 - 8:08 PM

Kendrys Morales departed Monday's game against the Orioles with an apparent right leg injury.

Morales singled in the top of the second inning and appeared to tweak something when he advanced to second base on a fielder's choice. The Blue Jays should have an update on the designated hitter soon.
Apr 9 - 7:38 PM

Kendrys Morales hit a three-run home run in a four-run first inning, and the Blue Jays downed the Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.

Rangers starter Cole Hamels made a mistake and Morales pounded it, placing it in just the right spot to clear the wall in right field for his first homer of the year. He also picked up a single in the contest, also marking his first multi-hit game of the season. Needless to say, it's been a slow start for the 34-year-old, but sometimes that first dinger is a springboard to better days.
Apr 8 - 9:05 PM

Kendrys Morales went 0-for-2 against the Phillies on Tuesday.

Morales leads the Jays with 44 at-bats this spring, but he's not doing much with them, having hit .205/.255/.364 with one homer. It seems he's lost the cleanup spot he occupied for much of last year, and he just doesn't project of being much of a mixed-league asset at the moment.
Mar 20 - 4:00 PM

Kendrys Morales homered, doubled and knocked in two runs Friday against the Orioles.

We figured Morales would be locked into the cleanup spot behind Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak at the beginning of the year, but he's hit fifth twice and sixth twice in his four starts over the last week. That's not going to help his fantasy value if it sticks.
Mar 9 - 4:06 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a double in Saturday's Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers.

He doubled off starter Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning, then singled in his second at-bat. The 34-year-old designated hitter slashed .250/.308/.445 with 28 homers and 85 RBI a year ago.
Feb 24 - 4:26 PM

Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He was the only Blue Jay to record more than one knock in the ballgame but none of his hits led to any runs on the scoreboard. The 34-year-old designated hitter has a .250 batting average with 27 home runs and 78 RBI in 137 games. He hasn't stolen a base since 2009 and hasn't even attempted one in the last five years.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 10:40:00 PM

Kendrys Morales belted a solo homer in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.

His shot off of Eduardo Rodriguez in the sixth inning put the Blue Jays up two runs, but the Red Sox rallied for two in the ninth and eventually won in the 19th. Morales was pinch-run for after walking in the 16th, and that, combined with him serving as the designated hitter, meant he practically had a day off compared to the other players in this game. We're kidding.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 01:19:00 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored Monday in the Blue Jays' 10-4 defeat of the Red Sox.

Morales set the tone early with a three-run homer off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning. He then contributed an RBI double to the Jays' three-run top of the ninth. The veteran slugger is batting just .247 with a .303 on-base percentage, but he's up to 26 home runs and 75 RBI in 129 games.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 11:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Lourdes Gurriel
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Yangervis Solarte
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Steve Pearce
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Teoscar Hernandez
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Danny Barnes
3Ryan Tepera
4Aaron Loup
5Seung Hwan Oh
6Tyler Clippard
7John Axford
8Tim Mayza