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.
Morales was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left calf strain.
The severity of the injury is not yet known, but Morales will be out of commission until at least June 22 following this move. With Aaron Judge (oblique) and Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) somewhat close to returning from injuries of their own, Morales may not have a role to which he'd return. Nestor Cortes was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take his place on the roster.
Morales is not in the lineup for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Morales sits despite going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the first game of the day. Gary Sanchez will serve as the designated hitter in his absence.
Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Yankees defeated the Mets 12-5 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
Serving as the first baseman, Morales had just his second multi-hit day since being acquired by the Yankees on May 14. He had been only 8-for-57 with New York coming into Tuesday's game, and even with the big day, still has just a .194 batting average for the season.
Morales is not starting Monday against the Mets.
Morales sits for the second straight game, with Clint Frazier again serving as the designated hitter. Didi Gregorius' return from Tommy John surgery has crowded the Yankees' roster, and Morales could be the one to lose out the most. It's hard to argue that he deserves more playing time, as he owns a .182/.306/.236 slash line in 2019 with just two home runs.
Morales is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
Clint Frazier will step in as the Yankees' designated hitter after Morales started each of the previous four games. Though he continues to receive fairly steady action, Morales has yet to get going at the dish since being acquired from the Athletics on May 14. Through his first 70 plate appearances with the Yankees, Morales has slashed .140/.300/.193.
Morales isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Blue Jays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Morales also took a seat for Sunday's series finale, so this is already his second day off in June. Clint Frazier will slot in as the designated hitter and bat sixth with Morales on the bench.
Morales is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
The Yankees wanted to give backstop Gary Sanchez a night off behind the dish while still keeping his bat in the lineup, so he'll serve as the team's designated hitter while Morales heads to the bench. New York has a slew of high-profile hitters currently rehabbing from injuries, with Didi Gregorius (elbow) likely the closest of the lot to returning. Once Gregorius is back from the IL, Morales could be the player most at risk of losing out on everyday at-bats.
Morales is not starting Monday against the Padres.
Morales has hit just .196/.313/.261 in 42 games with the Athletics and Yankees this season. Gary Sanchez will rest his legs as a designated hitter in his absence, with Austin Romine getting the start behind the plate.
Morales is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
He is hitting .174 with one home run in 27 plate appearances for the Yankees. Clint Frazier gets the start at designated hitter, batting fifth. Look for Morales to get back into the mix in the nightcap with righty Jorge Lopez starting for the Royals.
Morales is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
He sits for the second time in the last six games. Gary Sanchez will start at DH while Austin Romine starts behind the dish.
Morales is out of Saturday's lineup against the Rays.
He is 2-for-6 with a home run, two walks and one strikeout in his first two games as a Yankee. Gary Sanchez will start at designated hitter while Austin Romine gets the start behind the dish.
Morales is starting at DH and hitting fifth in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Morales is set to make his Yankees debut after being acquired by New York earlier in the week. With the amount of injuries the Yankees are currently dealing with, Morales could be in line for semi-regular opportunities in the short term. Prior to be acquired by New York, Morales hit .204/.310/.259 with one homer in 34 games with the A's.
Morales was acquired by the Yankees from the Athletics on Tuesday.
Morales was designated for assignment by Oakland on Monday, and he'll now head to the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations and either a player to be named later or more cash considerations. The 35-year-old veteran had been scuffling at the dish for Oakland, with a .204/.310/.259 slash line and just one homer over 108 at-bats and figures to take on a depth role for New York. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees shifted Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day injured list.
Manager Bob Melvin told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday that the Athletics have designated Morales for assignment.
The writing was on the wall for Morales' removal from the 40-man roster after Khris Davis (hip) made his return to the lineup Sunday against the Indians after a multi-game absence. With Davis and Matt Olson both back to full health and set to occupy the designated-hitter and first-base spots, respectively, on an everyday basis, the Athletics didn't have much use for Morales in a bench role. Oakland will now have up to 10 days to try trading Morales, who will likely hit the free-agent pool rather than accept a minor-league assignment if the A's can't find a suitor for his services.
Morales is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians.
With Khris Davis (hip) checking back in at designated hitter following a multi-game absence and Matt Olson recently returning from the injured list to replace primary duties at first base, Morales no longer has room in the everyday lineup. Since Morales' lack of defensive or baserunning value makes him a poor fit for a bench role, his days on the Athletics' 40-man roster could be numbered.
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