Phillies option Morales after eventful first week in the majors


The Phillies optioned reliever Francisco Morales to Triple A after Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Morales debuted in Seattle and appeared in two of the Phillies' five wins out west. He pitched two scoreless innings in his debut Monday and pitched his way into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th inning Friday for his first career save.

The 22-year-old right-hander was ranked a Top 10 Phillies prospect by both Baseball America and entering the year. In his first year as a reliever, Morales got off to a tremendous start at Double A Reading, allowing one run and striking out 28 in 16⅓ innings prior to his promotion.

The Phillies did not immediately make a corresponding roster move. They are off Monday before beginning a six-game homestand against the Padres and Dodgers. Zach Eflin, currently on the COVID-related injured list, is in play to return Tuesday so that could be the move. Eflin last pitched on May 1.

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