Red Sox notes: Morales (back) progressing after injection

Red Sox notes: Morales (back) progressing after injection
March 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Franklin Morales' rehab stint could be coming to an end this week.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Franklin Morales, who received an injection in his back at the beginning of the week, is progressing.
“Hoping for him to start a throwing program in the next couple of days,” Farrell said. “Increased workouts with the strength coaches. So the symptoms have decreased substantially, to the point of starting to address core stabilization.”

  • Morales and Craig Breslow (shoulder) are not going to be ready for Opening Day, leaving Andrew Miller as the only left-hander in the bullpen.

“And we feel like with [Koji] Uehara’s capability against left-handers, as well, we’re going to take the best 12 pitchers that are available to us,” Farrell said. “Any time you have two proven big leaguers [unavailable] it reduces the overall depth, and less of an ability to match up in that sixth, seventh inning.”

  • Shane Victorino is back in the lineup for the first time since returning from the World Baseball Classic.

“He needs to catch up on some at-bats,” Farrell said.  “We’re obviously not going to run him out there for six, seven days in a row. But to get him back in some consistent timing that starts back here today.”

  • It will be seven weeks on Tuesday since Ryan Kalish underwent right shoulder arthroscopy and posterior labrum repair. He began running at the six-week mark but won’t begin hitting until May.