Morales was designated for assignment Monday. Morales earned a promotion to the big leagues after owning a 2.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through nine innings of relief at Triple-A Buffalo this season. However, he was knocked around in his short stint with the Blue Jays, giving up four earned runs in four innings pitched and will now be designated for assignment.
Morales will not be traveling with the Blue Jays for the upcoming series against Houston, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports. The early rumors are that Morales has been designated for assignment, or even possibly released. Either way, his departure leaves the Jays bullpen with just six arms, so the team may have something in the works to bring another pitcher along. Unfortunately for Morales, he's the one that got the short end of the stick nearing the trade deadline.
Getting recalled once completing his rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo is "not imminent" for Morales (shoulder) , Blue Jays Nation reports. The veteran reliever has a history of success against left-handers, and for the most part, Morales has been expected to rejoin the Jays once healthy. When asked about Morales' return, manager John Gibbons said a recall is "not imminent." General manager Ross Atkins says Morales is "making progress" in his rehab but at least three other left-handers at Buffalo -- Aaron Loup, Chad Girodo and Pat Venditte -- are better options at the moment.
Morales (shoulder) pitched one inning and recorded one strikeout and a walk Tuesday in his first rehab outing in Single-A Dunedin. Shoulder fatigue is never a good thing, and gauging the recovery is not easy. Owners who have an interest in Morales should carefully monitor each outing during his rehab process.
Morales will begin a rehab assignment for Advanced-A Dunedin on Tuesday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet Bluejays reports. Morales was recently placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. The southpaw reliever has been out since mid-April due to shoulder fatigue. If this assignment goes well, he could progress to more difficult rehab assignments soon.
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