Blue Jays place reliever Morales on DL

Blue Jays place reliever Morales on DL

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have placed left-hander Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder fatigue, retroactive to Thursday. The club then activated Marco Estrada to start Sunday's 3-0 win over the Red Sox.

Morales signed a non-guaranteed contract before the end of Spring Training to give the Blue Jays additional left-handed depth in their bullpen. The 30-year-old warmed up in the fifth inning of Friday's 8-7 home-opening loss to the Red Sox, but did not make an appearance.

"He couldn't get loose," manager John Gibbons said Friday. "The arm was dead and something wasn't right."

The Venezuelan native was an important part of the Royals' bullpen last season, going 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 67 appearances while holding left-handed hitters to just a .192 average. With Aaron Loup starting the season on the 15-day DL with a strained left flexor tendon, the injury to Morales leaves Brett Cecil as Gibbons' lone left-handed option in the bullpen.

Estrada, who signed a two-year, $26 million dollar deal this past offseason to remain in Toronto, missed the majority of Spring Training after injuring his back early in camp and started the season on the DL. The 32-year-old made 34 appearances -- including 28 starts -- for the Blue Jays in 2015, compiling a 13-8 record with a 3.13 ERA.

Alykhan Ravjiani is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.