Rockies place Morales on 60-day DL, promote Pagnozzi
Catcherwas placed on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb. The Rockies purchased the contract of catcher from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Morales was injured in the fifth inning Wednesday when he was struck with a foul ball off the bat of Rob Johnson, who went on to homer on a 3-2 pitch. Morales stayed in the game, which the Rockies won 6-3. He had one of the Rockies singles in their five-run sixth and flied out on his final at-bat. He also threw out Jason Bartlett trying to steal second base in the sixth. Morales is hitting .267 with three doubles and seven RBI in 22 games.
The Rockies acquired Morales, 28, from the Twins in December for minor league LHP Paul Bargas. Morales had been catchingin his recent starts and had made six starts so far this month compared with five in all of May and six in April.
“It’s very frustrating,” Morales said. “I was catching Ubaldo but feeling better at the plate and getting a little more playing time. And we were playing better.”
Morales, who will undergo surgery on Monday and have two pins inserted in his thumb, said his thumb wasn’t as painful the following morning as he thought it would be. That changed, he said, after being examined by Dr. Jennifer Kummer of the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic.
“For some reason, it started to hurt more after she said it was broken,” Morales said, smiling.
Pagnozzi, 28, is hitting .275 with one homer and 16 RBI in 30 games for the Sky Sox. He joined the Rockies organization as a minor league free agent after the 2010 season. Pagnozzi played a total of 21 games with the Cardinals in 2009 and 2010.
Before signing with the Rockies organization, Pagnozzi spent his entire career in the St. Louis organization after the Cardinals drafted him in the eighth round in 2003. Pagnozzi is the nephew of former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi.