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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Recovering Morales throws off mound

By Kyle Brasseur, Special to ESPNBoston.com.

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that injured reliever Franklin Morales is progressing in his recovery and that a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday went well.

“First time he’s gotten off the mound and first time that he’s progressed to the point of, through the flat-ground process, [being] able to feel good enough and recover from the throwing sessions to get on the mound, so it’s the first step,” Farrell said.

Farrell said the plan is for Morales to throw another bullpen session Wednesday. Despite not having a date for a rehab assignment yet, the manager is hopeful of getting the left-hander back in the mix soon.

“Any contributions he could make would be welcomed,” Farrell said. “Particularly to the level in which he pitched previous.”

Morales was placed on the disabled list June 25 with a pectoral injury.