Morales goes on DL with 'tired' shoulder

August, 28, 2012
8/28/12
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales, who was removed from his last start after just 2 2/3 innings, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what manager Bobby Valentine described as a “tired” shoulder.

Alfredo Aceves took Morales’ place on the roster, while pitcher Zach Stewart has come here from Triple-A Pawtucket and is scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Angels, although he has not yet been activated.

“He’ll take that active rest period for a little bit of a tired shoulder," Valentine said of Morales. “He was a little cranky the other day, and at this time of the year I just didn’t think there was any reason to be anything but cautious."

Morales made five starts for the Sox leading up to the All-Star break, then made four more starts in August. Overall, he was 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA as a starter, and averaged 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. In August, he was 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA, striking out 16 and walking 10 in 19 1/3 innings.

Stewart, who came from the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis deal, was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts for Pawtucket. He was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 appearances for the White Sox, including one start, and has a career record of 3-8 with a 5.92 ERA in the big leagues, which includes a stint with the Blue Jays.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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