Morales is not in Thursday's lineup against the Marlins, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports. Morales will be held out of the lineup for a third straight game, as the Royals wrap up a series in a National League park in Miami. The club will head to Boston for the weekend and regain the DH spot, so Morales figures to return to the lineup then, while serving as a pinch-hitting option Thursday.
Morales has dropped his appeal and will serve his one-game suspension Thursday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Morales earned the suspension August 2 against the Rays for coming back onto the field to argue after he was ejected earlier that game. He was originally planning to appeal the suspension, but has reconciled, and will serve it Thursday as the Royals face the White Sox. He will likely be back in the lineup Friday against the Twins.
Morales went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Sunday against the Blue Jays. Morales' 18th blast of the season blew open a close game in the seventh inning of a home victory. Despite the homer, he's failed to collect a hit in 10 of his last 14 contests, and he's now slashing .241/.311/.424 on the year. He's now on pace to hit at least 20 bombs for the fifth time in his career.
Morales received a one-game suspension for coming back on the field to argue after being ejected in Tuesday's game, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports. He will appeal the suspension and is batting cleanup Thursday against the Rays. He was ejected in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game and came back on the field to argue more with the umpiring crew. Morales will be allowed to continue to play until his appeal is heard or dropped. The Royals don't play in a National League park again until Aug. 23 so they won't be able to strategically drop the suspension when the DH is not available to them, as the appeal will likely be heard by then.
Morales homered, a solo blast, in a 2-for-4 game in Monday's win over the Rays. The home run put the Royals on the board in the seventh inning, and it would prove to be enough as Danny Duffy and Kelvin Herrera managed to complete the shutout. Morales needed to bust out of a slump, as he was just 2-for-25 over his past seven games. After hitting .290/.362/.485 last year, he has starkly declined in 2016, with just a .247/.315/.433 batting line in 98 games.
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