Morales was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The lefty played a significant role in the Royals' bullpen last year, making 67 appearances for the eventual World Series champions, but he hurt his shoulder early on this season and was not particularly sharp after his return late last month. Toronto designated Morales for assignment and will allow the 30-year-old to explore his opportunities elsewhere. Morales figures to have several options on the open market.
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. If he passes through waivers, he'll likely end up back in Buffalo.
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.
Morales (shoulder) was activated from the DL on Friday.
Morales' 30-day window to rehab in the minors closed and the Blue Jays were thus forced to reinstate him, but the 30-year-old pitched well enough during his time with Durham to warrant a return to the big league roster. Morales, who hit the DL during the first week of the season, will likely serve in the middle innings for the time being, seeing only occasional chances at holds.
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.
Morales (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Monday.
Morales' timetable for return has not yet been outlined, but he's been out ever since mid-April due to shoulder fatigue. The Blue Jays moved him to the 60-day disabled list in order to create room on the 40-man roster for left-handed starter Scott Diamond.
Morales (shoulder) has begun throwing light bullpen sessions, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
The Blue Jays haven't outlined a timetable for Morales' return, but his progression to bullpen sessions at least offers encouragement on some level. Since Morales has been out since early April, he'll likely require at least a week-long rehab assignment before the Jays feel comfortable activating him from the DL.
Morales (shoulder) has progressed to the point of playing catch, but he has not thrown a bullpen yet, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
It was previously believed that Morales might be ready to return in May, but his slow progress to this point suggests that he's still at least a few weeks away from being capable of helping the Jays.
Morales (shoulder) still has no timetable for return, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Morales has been on the shelf since early April, and it appears that he has made little to no progress in his rehab process. It seems the left-hander is a long way from getting back into the Toronto bullpen.
Morales (shoulder) will throw off a mound soon, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.
The Blue Jays appear to be pleased with Morales' progress in his rehab from shoulder fatigue and have given him the green light to throw off the mound. If he doesn't encounter any setbacks, the 30-year-old lefty could return to the Blue Jays' in the coming weeks.
Morales (shoulder) will resume a throwing program Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The Blue Jays placed Morales on the DL a week earlier when he complained of shoulder fatigue, but it looks like the time off has helped him heal up. He'll presumably build up his pitch count over the next few days, and if all goes well, he could be activated ahead of the upcoming weekend.
Morales was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.
Morales has been dealing with fatigue in his arm, and rather than press the issue, the Blue Jays have elected to provide the reliever with some extended rest. The left-hander had pitched just twice this season before he reported trouble getting loose in the bullpen Friday. Although a Saturday examination didn't reveal any major red flags, the team will still take a conservative approach.
Manager John Gibbons said Saturday morning that Morales' medical examination by team doctors did not reveal any issues, John Lott of Vice Sports reports.
Morales was unable to get his arm loose while warming up in the bullpen Friday and did not take the mound in what ended up being a complete bullpen meltdown by the Blue Jays that resulted in a home loss. Gibbons contends that Morales isn't dealing with any sort of injury, but it remains unclear whether he'll be available out of the bullpen for Saturday's game against Boston.
Morales did not pitch Friday night after feeling weakness in his shoulder after throwing his first warm-up pitch in the bullpen, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.
The Jays will evaluate Morales again Saturday, at which point, details regarding a timetable for him to return to the bullpen should become clear.
Morales warmed up prior to the sixth inning of Friday's game, but he did not enter the game due to an undisclosed ailment, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.
Jays manager John Gibbons planned on using Morales, but the unspecified ailment was enough to change the team's plans Friday. Consider him day-to-day until further details regarding the nature of his ailment are revealed.
After being cut by the Brewers just before Opening Day, Morales signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays on Saturday, the Toronto Sun reports.
Morales will immediately step into an important role with his new team. The 30-year-old will come out of the bullpen primarily to get left-handed hitters out. Morales pitched last season with the Royals -- he finished with a 3.18 ERA and 3.52 FIP over 62.1 innings for the champs. To make room for Morales, reliever Ryan Tepera was sent to Triple-A Buffalo.
Morales was released by the Brewers on Monday, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reports.
Morales found out Monday that he failed to make the Opening Day roster and opted to be released, rather than head to the minor leagues. The 30-year-old will look to catch on with another team in search of a lefty reliever.
Morales signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Friday that includes an invite to major league spring training, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
The left-handed reliever could potentially be a nice fit for a Brewers bullpen that is largely bereft of southpaw options aside from closer Will Smith. However, there is no guarantee that he goes from a non-roster invitee to a member of the Opening Day roster. Morales was a valuable part of the Royals bullpen last season, working a 3.18 ERA with 41 strikeouts against just 14 walks in 62.1 innings of work. He lacks the dominant strikeout rate that is a preferred trait among relievers, but the left-handed dimension he could bring to the Brewers bullpen will make him someone to watch as spring progresses.
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