Rockies place Morales on 60-day DL, promote Pagnozzi

June 17, 2011 | 3:02 pm | 8  

Catcher Jose Morales was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb. The Rockies purchased the contract of catcher Matt Pagnozzi 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 catching Ubaldo Jimenez in 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.

8 Comments »

  • Chewey | June 17, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    Why wasn’t Pacheco brought up?

  • 19 over 2 | June 17, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Probably because they want him to play regularly and progress in AAA. He would only get limited playing time right now with the Rox. That’s my guess.

  • Julian | June 17, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Can you be traded while on the DL? I was hoping that Morales could be traded to a team that needs a catcher and would give us something for him.

    I assume that 19 over 2 is right and that the Rockies want Pacheco to play every day. But I wonder who would be the next catcher to come up if there is an injury to Iannetta or Pagnozzi.

  • Rockpile | June 17, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    Gotta give Morales credit. It looked like he broke his thumb the second I saw him hit by the foul ball, yet he STILL played the whole game. He’s a tough guy.

  • miketober | June 17, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    I wasn’t overly fond of Morales, but you hate to see this happen to a guy.

    Also like Rockpile said, pretty gutsy of Morales to stay in the game, throw out a runner (that was after the break, right?), and get a hit.

  • Huskies | June 17, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Any chance we see Rosario up at all later in the year?

  • Steve Foster | June 17, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    A player cannot be traded while on the disabled list (except as a PTBNL), but even if you could trade a DLed player, no one is going to trade for an injured backup catcher. Pacheco wasn’t called up because given how seldom the Rockies are using a backup catcher, it doesn’t make any sense to slow his development. He needs to play everyday, both to continue to grow as a hitter and and as a catcher. If he were hitting .330, you could make a case, but he hasn’t been raking for the Sky Sox.

    Not sure if Rosario will be up this year or not. Certainly not before September unless Iannetta were to get hurt, then maybe. Rosario’s the same case as Pacheco — not ready to be an everyday major league catcher, so it doesn’t do him any good to sit on the bench right now.

  • jaredean | June 17, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    oh man, i feel bad for him and know that his thumb was in a bad way (it looked very swollen when he reached first)…i know Olivo was very tough and didn’t think Morales was but he for sure proved wrong playing with a broken thumb…you knew it was bad when he was on first and couldn’t grip his batting glove to take it off…