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Signed on Friday, Kendrys Morales is starting tonight

Jun 9, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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Some guys need a minor league rehab to get into game shape after missing spring training and a long layoff. Kendrys Morales is just gonna start hacking: He’s in the lineup batting sixth in his Twins debut tonight against the Blue Jays.

Morales signed a one-year contract worth a prorated $7.6 million the other day. He’ll presumably be the full-time DH going forward.

  1. Hard On For Harden - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    To pick up or not to pick up in fantasy. That is the question.

  2. Detroit Michael - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The Twins’ DH slot has actually been their most productive batter so far. It’s been an amalgam of a lot of different players, with a plurality for Josmil Pinto (who so far this year has batted better when he is a DH than when he is catching).

    • jwbiii - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      B-Ref has a fun new toy. Scroll down to Wins Above Avg by Position, then click on the Highlight a Team pulldown. Brian Dozier.

      • jwbiii - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        That would have made more sense if I had actually copied the link.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/2014.shtml

  3. zackd2 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Pulls oblique muscle by his 2nd AB

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Swinging at a knuckle ball might just do that.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Drew is out of the Red Sox lineup today with an oblique injury. Can Morales be far behind?

      • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        It’s a Boras conspiracy.

        “Hey Guys, since you didn’t get paid like you should have, why not take the year off? Paychecks? Don’t worry, I’ll take care of that…”

  4. danfrommv - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    It is remarkable that he won’t have any practice time before he faces MLB pitching. That seems like a recipe for a .075 batting average for a month

  5. jrbdmb - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Oops. Should have signed that qualifying offer after all, Kendrys.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Good news for the Jays. He should be rusty. Hope he enjoys facing a knuckle ball tonight.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Hitting a knuckle ball is easy, just close your eyes and swing real hard.

  7. dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    He apparently has been facing college and ex-pro pitching for a while now while waiting to sign. I’m sure he’ll be a little rusty, but they may as well plug him in if they’re not going to send him down like Boston did with Drew.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Mistake knuckle ball = BP fastball. Probably better to face Dickey than someone throwing 98mph.

    “In shape” is sort of a relative term with Morales.

    • dluxxx - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Hey now! Round was still a shape last I checked.

  9. musketmaniac - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    zach keeps the money in the pool. I got twenty in 2cd at bat 2cd day back.

  10. jwbiii - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    One for 3 plus a walk. Nothing to be ashamed of there.

  11. TBaySlim - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    wonder if there is any chance of the twins looking at tyle cahill, i know its only been 1/3 of a season but thus far nolasco has been pretty bad, Morales hopefully can find his swing an help out with power and rbis- we all know mauer isnt going to do it

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