• by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Blister forces early exit for Royals P Edinson Volquez

    Royals pitched Edinson Volquez was only able to go three innings in his team's 7-4 win over the Indians on Thursday. Royals manager Ned Yost said Volquez developed a blister on his hand that popped during the game, according to FOX Sports Kansas City. That led to command issues, which forced him out of the game. "I have been dealing with that the last couple of starts and today was the worst," Volquez said, via MLB.com. "When it [burst] in the second inning, I didn't say anything. But the last inning, I couldn't grip the ball. It was tough to throw." After giving up a run in the second inning, Volquez faced eight batters and allowed two runs in the third. Franklin Morales relieved Volquez in the fourth, went two innings and earned the win. Morales is now 3-0 this season with a 4.50 ERA. Volquez now has a 2.65 ERA. He struck out three batters and walked six. Yost isn't expecting for Volquez to miss a start with this minor injury. "I asked the trainers if he would have to miss a start," Yost said, "and right away they said, 'No, we'll harden it up before his next start.' … I trust our trainers."

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales, Paulo Orlando make Royals' roster

    Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales and Paulo Orlando earned the last two spots on the Royals' Opening Day roster. The RHP Madson was a non-roster invitee who earned a spot with his spring performance. Madson had a 3.00 ERA in nine games, with two saves. LHP Morales was also a non-roster invitee. He went 2-0 in the spring with a 6.55 ERA. Orlando, an outfielder, earned the last position player spot. To set the roster, the Royals sent LHP Brian Flynn to Omaha and placed LHP Tim Collins and RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day DL.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Yost: 'High probability' Franklin Morales makes Royals' roster

    Royals manager Ned Yost said there was a "high probability" that pitcher Franklin Morales will make the team's Opening Day roster, per the Kansas City Star. Morales was signed as a free agent on February 19. He went 2-0 this spring with a 7.20 ERA. Yost said that Morales still needs to be added to the team's 40-man roster.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Royals' Franklin Morales still a favorite to win spot in bullpen

    Royals manager Ned Yost said pitcher Franklin Morales remains a favorite to win one of the final two open spots in the bullpen, per The Kansas City Star. Morales is 2-0 with a 8.00 ERA in seven spring outings, but he has 10 strikeouts in nine innings.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Royals' Franklin Morales will compete for spot in bullpen

    Royals pitcher Franklin Morales will not be stretched out as a starter this spring, according to MLB.com. Morales, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, will be competing with Tim Collins and Brandon Finnegan for a spot in the bullpen as a left-handed reliever.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    $1.85 million salary for Royals' Franklin Morales

    The Royals signed LHP Franklin Morales to a minor league deal late Thursday. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported on details of Morales' contract. Assuming Morales makes the Major League roster, he'll receive a $1.85 million base salary. Morales can earn an additional $850,000 in incentives for a $2.7 million maximum. Morales went 6-9 and posted a 5.37 ERA in 142.1 innings pitched with the Rockies last season.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Royals sign LHP Franklin Morales

    The Royals signed left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales to a minor-league deal, according to FOX Sports Kansas City. Used as a starter with the Rockies in 2014, Morales went 6-9 and posted a 5.37 ERA in 142.1 innings pitched.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Yohan Flande takes over for Franklin Morales in starting rotation

    Rockies pitcher Yohan Flande will take the place of Franklin Morales in the rotation, according to the Denver Post. Flande will make the start Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Franklin Morales takes step back vs. Cardinals

    Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales took a step back on Saturday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, dropping to 6-8 on the year. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings of a 5-4 defeat.Over his last three starts covering 14 1/3 innings, Morales has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 5.32 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP over 138 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come Thursday at home against Arizona.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Franklin Morales gets first win in two months

    Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales tossed six scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Padres to earn his first victory since July 8. Morales (6-7) had gone 0-3 with five no-decisions until Sunday's breakthrough. Morales allowed four hits while fanning six and walking two. He'll face the Cardinals on Saturday.