The Boston Red Sox may have to place pitcher Franklin Morales on the disabled list after he departed early from Saturday's loss to the Detroit Tigers. Evan Drellich of MassLive.com said that although manager John Farrell cited a shoulder problem as the cause, Morales himself said it was the left pectoral, an area he has already had issues with this season. Either way, a DL stint is a strong possibility at this stage.
"He felt a little discomfort in that left shoulder," Farrell said. "We had to get him at the time. He'll be reexamined here when he comes in tomorrow. Potential for a DL."
Morales had already given up four runs to the Tigers in the first inning but it was the third when he felt something wrong, while throwing a pitch to Omar Infante. The Detroit second baseman promptly launched Morales' final pitch over the fence and Boston immediately pulled Morales for Alex Wilson. Allen Webster pitched the majority of the innings in Morales' stead, giving up five runs in 4 1/3. Drellich notes that with Webster in line to be optioned and Morales potentially on the DL, the Red Sox could call up two pitchers on Sunday to bolster their bullpen, as they do not need another starter until next Saturday.
Morales has bounced between starting and relieving, beginning his major league career as a starter with the Colorado Rockies in 2007 but finding himself in the bullpen by 2009. He started 9 games for Boston last year and made 32 relief appearances for a combined 76.1 innings, 3.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. A DL stint would be Morales' second this season, having returned at the end of last month after dealing with back and the aforementioned pectoral problem.
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