Early notes: Morales (pectoral) to undergo exam

Early notes: Morales (pectoral) to undergo exam
June 23, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Franklin Morales left in the seventh inning on Saturday with a sore left shoulder.

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DETROIT -- In the immediate aftermath of Saturday's loss, which saw Franklin Morales come off the mound in the seventh inning with a sore left shoulder, John Farrell broadly hinted that the Sox would likely make a roster move Sunday in order to get themselves a fresh arm.

But the Sox decided otherwise and made no moves for the final game of the series with Detroit.

"We felt like coming out of last night, our bullpen's in good shape," said Farrell, "as far as getting through today, with tomorrow being an off-day as well, to catch up."

Farrell said Morales will undergo a complete exam Monday with the team's medical staff.

"He doesn't feel any drastic improvement coming out of last night's game," said Farrell, "so he'll go through a complete work-up [Monday] and then we'll determine if there's a roster move needed."

Morales had a pectoral pull in April while pitching on a rehab assignment for a back injury and missed time. This time, the area of discomfort is in the same general area.

"He felt it on the one pitch," recounted Farrell. "It's affecting him."

  • Jonny Gomes got the start against Justin Verlander, despite the availability of switch-hitting Daniel Nava.

Nava has been bothered by a sore thumb and is just 2-for-18 over the last six games.

"Over the past week, today would be a day to give [Nava] a day down," said Farrell, "and take advantage of [Monday] being the off-day as well."

Gomes, meanwhile, provides some energy to a lineup on a day game coming after a night game.

"You might say with Verlander on the mound, why not load up the lineup with lefties," said Farrell, "but he's probably been a little more difficult against lefties than righties. We need to put together the best game that we can."

Indeed, righthanded hitters have a .791 OPS against Verlander, while lefties are just .645.

  • Clayton Mortensen, who's on a rehab assignment for a hip/groin injury threw two innings for Pawtucket Saturday night.

He's eligible to come off the DL Wednesday.

"As far as the physical side of it, he's making solid progress through it," said Farrell. "Depending on where we are with Franklin's situation, there's a couple of moving parts here."