Friday, May 20, 2011
Morales, Wheeler, Sutton here, Nava DFA
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON--The flurry of roster moves made Thursday night by the Red Sox came to fruition, with one added starter: To make room for utility infielder Drew Sutton on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated Triple-A outfielder Daniel Nava for assignment.
Reliever Franklin Morales arrived from the Colorado Rockies after Thursday night's trade, reliever Dan Wheeler and infielder Drew Sutton were here from Pawtucket, and pitcher Kevin Millwood passed his physical, making his signing to a minor-league contract official. He is expected to report shortly to Fort Myers to throw before joining Pawtucket.
The move involving Nava comes 23 days before the first anniversary of Nava's historic big-league debut with the Red Sox, when he hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues. That remains the only home run Nava has hit in the big leagues, as he went homerless in his last 169 at-bats with the Sox in 2010. Nava has gone without a home run in Pawtucket so far this season, batting .192 with no home runs and 10 RBIs.
The left-handed Morales, acquired from Colorado Thursday night for a player to be named later or cash, arrived in the clubhouse at around 5:40 p.m., having flown in from Philadelphia, where the Rockies played Thursday night. He was ushered into manager Terry Francona's office by traveling secretary Jack McCormick, and later was greeted by pitching coach Curt Young and several players, including fellow Venezuelan Marco Scutaro.
"I am here to do whatever they ask me to do,'' Morales said, repeating the eternal utterance of newly acquired players.
Wheeler is back from his rehab assignment in Pawtucket, while Sutton replaces shortstop Jose Iglesias, who was returned in part, manager Terry Francona said, because Scutaro's stay on the disabled list because of a strained oblique muscle will be extended.
"The kid needs to play,'' Francona said.
Pitcher Josh Beckett, meanwhile, said the stiff neck that caused him to leave after six innings Thursday, is better, and he did some throwing. Beckett said it was never a consideration that he might miss his next start.