DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 10 hours ago

Morales is day-to-day with a sprained right middle finger, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morales is missing his second consecutive game Thursday so it wouldn't be surprising if he continued to miss time this weekend. His situation is hazy at the moment and his estimated return is unknown, although it doesn't appear to be a significant injury which is good news.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 10 hours ago

Morales is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brett Eibner will get the start at DH as Morales misses his second consecutive game. Manager Ned Yost could be looking to give Morales a mental break in an attempt to get him back on track after hitting .187/.247/.313 with just five home runs and 18 RBI through 45 games this season. Morales should return to the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 2 days ago

Morales is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Ned Yost will keep Salvador Perez's bat in the lineup by sliding him to DH on Wednesday, which bumps Morales out of the order for the day. Morales figures to reclaim his spot in the order as the DH on Thursday when the Royals open their series with the White Sox.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 5 days ago

Morales is out of the lineup for Sunday's tilt with the White Sox, Joel Goldberg of FSKC reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Ned Yost said the decision to keep Morales out of the lineup is strictly to give him a chance to catch his breath. Morales has gone 1-for-8 so far in the series against the White Sox. Salvador Perez will shift over to DH on Sunday as the Royals take on left-hander Carlos Rodon.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 2 weeks ago

Morales went 1-for-6 with a two-run homer Sunday against the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morales' fifth bomb of the season was a walk-off winner for the Royals in the 13th inning. Despite his season-long struggles, he's now homered in three of his last nine games to raise his slugging percentage to .345.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 2 weeks ago

Morales went 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was a solid game for the DH, who entered the contest in an 0-for-11 slump. Morales is hitting just .195 this season after racking up a .290 average in 2015. He'll need to raise his batting average in order for fantasy owners to trust him in any lineup.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 3 weeks ago

Morales went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the 7-0 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old hit a three-run blast in the first and added another RBI on an infield single during the eighth. It was his first homer since April 11. The performance Saturday also ended a 4-for-34 (.118) stretch for Morales over the last nine games. He is slashing .213/.256/.343 with three homers, 12 RBI and seven runs in 108 at-bats this season.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 3 weeks ago

Morales, who started his 27th consecutive game to begin the 2016 season Wednesday, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a losing effort against Washington.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Royals are off Thursday, which may leave Morales in the mix for all three games of the team's weekend series against Cleveland, but he's likely on track for a day off in the near future if his month-long slump continues. For the season, Morales is hitting .200/.248/.310 with two homers and eight RBI, a far cry from his .290/.362/.485 line that included 22 long balls and 106 RBI a year ago. In addition to the diminished line, Morales has posted a 22.0% K% thus far, after fanning at a 16.1% clip last season. Moreover, he's also walking less frequently (5.7% BB%) after reaching a career-high 9.1% BB% in 2015.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 2 months ago

Morales will bat fifth against the Mets on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old batted primarily out of the No. 5 spot last year (423 of 569 at-bats), and that's where he remains to begin 2016. Morales went 0-for-3 during Sunday's season opener, but drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to center field in the fourth inning. Morales logged 161 at-bats last season with runners in scoring position, fifth-most in baseball.

DTDKendrys Morales DH KC 3 months ago

Morales sat out Sunday and Monday with the flu, but manager Ned Yost expects him to return to camp Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This issue doesn't seem to be overly serious. Once he does return, Morales should slot back in as the Royals' main designated hitter.