A bit sore, Morales not in Saturday's lineup

A bit sore, Morales not in Saturday's lineup

A bit sore, Morales not in Saturday's lineup
ARLINGTON -- Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who exited Friday's game in the eighth inning due to soreness in his right rib cage, was out of Saturday's starting lineup, partly because left-hander Derek Holland was scheduled to toe the rubber for the Rangers.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, speaking before the game was postponed, said Morales is feeling "a lot better" and expected him to be available off the bench if needed. He could start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against right-hander Yu Darvish.

"Hopefully, he'll be all right for tomorrow," Scioscia said. "We really need him from the left side. That's where it was affecting him a little more last night."

Morales said the pain had been lingering in the area for a couple of days and he felt it a little stronger heading into Friday's eventual 7-4 win, which saw him strike out in his first three plate appearances from the left side and then double from the right side before being replaced by Kole Calhoun in the top of the eighth.

"From the time I got here it was bothering me a little more than usual," Morales said in Spanish on Friday. "It wasn't from any particular swing or anything."