Morales announced his retirement from baseball Friday, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports. Morales calls it quits after failing to stick with the Athletics or Yankees last season. The 36-year-old spent parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues, appearing for the aforementioned teams in addition to the Angels, Mariners, Twins, Royals and Blue Jays. He'll finish with 213 homers, 740 RBI, 1,289 hits and a .265/.327/.453 slash line. He won a World Series with the Royals in 2015.
Morales was officially released by the Yankees on Tuesday. Morales returned from the injured list last week and was immediately designated for assignment, and now his time as a Yankee officially comes to an end. The veteran slugger's move from Oakland in May did nothing to improve his numbers as he slashed .177/.320/.242 over 19 games with New York.
Morales (calf) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday and promptly designated for assignment. Morales did very little during his time in New York, hitting .177/.320/.242 over 19 games. Anything he could have done for the Yankees can be done much better by Edwin Encarnacion, whom the team acquired while Morales was out injured. Whether or not Morales can find another big-league job remains to be seen.
Morales (calf) fielded grounders Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Morales, who resumed hitting earlier in the week, continues to make steady progress in his return from a strained left calf. While the veteran slugger isn't expected to remain sidelined for much longer, he'll likely be designated for assignment once healthy following the Yankees' acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion, per Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger.
Morales (calf) is not expected to spend significantly more than 10 days on the injured list, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports. Morales landed on the injured list Thursday with a left calf strain, but it doesn't sound like his stay on the shelf will be an extended one. The veteran slugger is eligible to return June 22; Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) may be back before then, however, which would push Morales to a bench role upon his return.
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