Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 6/1/13
Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer He has been out of the Red Sox rotation all of 2013, until Thursday night that is. Franklin Morales was rehabbing a left pectoral strain since the start of this season, but he was also focusing on his cutter. Last year he threw the cutter only 1% of the time. That means one pitch out of a hundred, or almost never. Thursday night he was back on the mound in Philadelphia throwing his cutter for effect. Over 5 innings, 79 pitches to win over the Phillies 9-2. It appears he threw his cutter 7 times. For those of us that are not clear on what a cutter does, it closely resembles the slider. It is supposed to look and spin like a fastball but for Franklin Morales, a lefty, it should cut down towards the right handed hitters right at the end. A slider will move in and down on the right handed hitter in a more fluid and constant fashion compared to the the cutter. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was catching him Thursday night and stated that he has the abi...
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