Morales To Rejoin Rockies

Franklin Morales will rejoin the Rockies on Monday and is scheduled to start on Tuesday, according to Tracy Ringolsby.

"The question is who will go to make room for Morales. The likely candidate would be Matt Belisle, who was added to the roster on April 8, when Morales was sent to Triple-A… Belisle, a non-roster invitee to spring training, is believed to have signed a 45-day clause when he was placed on the big-league roster, meaning the Rockies could send him out anytime in the first 45 days after he joined the team, and they would be responsible for only a pro-rated portion of his big-league salary, not the full amount, and he would accept a minor-league assignment if he clears waivers."

Morales was Colorado's most consistent starter in  spring training and carried over that success into his first April start where he threw six innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks, striking out six. He followed that start with five scoreless ones for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The lefty was a prized prospect whose control, command and velocity problems set him back in 2008. Morales has been working on his consistency and still has front of the rotation upside. Ringolsby says "the Rockies feel they need to recall him to keep Morales moving forward."



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