Morgan was saddled with a blown save Monday against the Cardinals, allowing an inherited runner to score while giving up one hit in one-third of an inning. Morgan was called upon with two outs and a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, facing Kolten Wong with runners on the corners. He allowed Wong to tie the game on a single before getting out of the inning with a comebacker. The Phillies' fluid bullpen should see Morgan stumble into save situations from time to time, but he's not a good bet to get a large number of them nor a good bet to convert them at a particularly high rate. The southpaw's ERA sits at an unimpressive 4.66 on the season, with a mediocre 23.0 percent strikeout rate and a high 11.5 percent walk rate.
The Phillies activated Morgan off the 10-day disabled list Thursday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Morgan only missed the minimum 10 days after suffering a back strain last week. The 28-year-old has a solid 2.45 ERA over 11 innings with the Phillies this season, but has allowed plenty of baserunners with a 1.45 WHIP and 6.5 BB/9. Mark Leiter was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.
Morgan (back) is unlikely to need more than the minimum 10 days on the disabled list, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. Morgan hit the DL on Monday with a back strain. He'll be ineligible to return before May 17. Prior to the injury, the lefty had a solid 2.45 ERA through 11 innings, though his 16.7 percent walk rate is something of a concern.
Morgan was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a strained back, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. It's unclear when the injury cropped up, and the severity is also unknown. Regardless, Morgan will now be unavailable out of the Phillies' bullpen until May 17 at the earliest. Seranthony Dominguez will replace him on the active roster for the time being.
Morgan's role has changed in 2018 as he's no longer being asked to pitch more than one inning at a time. Morgan averaged 4.4 outs per appearance last season. Combined with a solid 27.5 percent strikeout rate and a strong finish to the season, the 28-year-old appeared to be someone who could have some fantasy relevance in deep leagues despite not being a starter or closer, as he could put up a good number of strikeouts and solid rate stats while pitching more innings than a typical reliever. He's no longer occupying that role this season, however, having averaged 2.4 outs over his first eight appearances. The lefty has only been asked to get at least four outs once after having done so 18 times in 37 appearances last season. In his current role, he's neither a "budget Andrew Miller" nor a potential closer, leaving him with little fantasy relevance in most formats.