Morales (foot) will return to the Royals starting lineup on Tuesday, hitting fourth and playing DH. Morales avoided a serious injury, as an X-ray showed no structural damage on his right foot. Despite being back in the lineup on Tuesday, it may take a few days for the pain to fully go away. The Royals will face right-hander Danny Salazar and the Indians on Tuesday. Morales is 3-17 (.176) lifetime versus Salazar.
Morales is day-to-day with a right foot contusion, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. Morales was hit on the foot by a pitch, and had X-rays done on his foot. Fortunately, his X-ray results showed no structural damage. There will be more updates on Morales' status for Tuesday's game against the Indians as game time approaches.
Morales (back) is in the lineup against the Mariners on Thursday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Morales will be the designated hitter while batting third in the order Thursday. The 33-year-old took the day off Wednesday after experiencing back tightness during Tuesday's game, but appears to be good to go for Thursday's outing against James Paxton and the Mariners.
Morales is out of the lineup Wednesday after experiencing some back tightness in Tuesday's game against Toronto, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The veteran Morales will get the day off Wednesday as Brett Eibner gets a chance to serve as the Royals' DH against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays. Manager Ned Yost told reporters that the club isn't overly worried about Morales' back moving forward, but the club also didn't want to risk him aggravating it Wednesday. Still, owners will want to check back on Morales' status Thursday ahead of the Royals' series opener against the Mariners.
Morales went 2-for-3 with a pair of bombs and four RBI in a 6-2 victory over the Phillies on Saturday. This was Morales' second multi-homer game since June 26. In seven games since then, Morales has six bombs. He is hitting .267 with 14 homers, 45 RBI and 33 runs in 270 at-bats this season.
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