ARLINGTON -- Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been nursing some soreness in his right rib-cage area for the last couple of days. Heading into Friday's game against the Rangers, it bothered him a little more than usual. And for the top of the eighth, manager Mike Scioscia decided to take him out so it doesn't get any worse, replacing him with pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun.
After his team's 7-4 win, Scioscia called it "just a little cramping."
"From the time I got here it was bothering me a little more than usual," said Morales, who struck out in his first three plate appearances batting left-handed, then hit an RBI double batting right-handed. "It wasn't from any particular swing or anything."
Morales, batting .276 with 22 homers and 72 RBIs on the year, is unsure whether he'll be able to start on Saturday afternoon.
"We'll check him out in the morning and see how he is," Scioscia said.