Early Sox Notes: Morales to rest until Sunday

Early Sox Notes: Morales to rest until Sunday
May 31, 2013, 6:30 pm
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NEW YORK -- Franklin Morales, who stepped in and gave the Red Sox five strong innings in a spot start Thursday night, likely won't be available out of the bullpen until Sunday at the earliest.    

Morales made his season debut after missing almost the first two months with back issues.    

The Sox plan to use him in relief, but in order to buy more recovery time for Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox had Morales give them a start. They'll stay away from him Friday and Saturday night, with the outside possibility that he could pitch Sunday night in the series finale.    

"Tuesday would be his normal fifth day,'' said Farrell of Morales.    

In relief, because he's stretched out, Morales will be used in multi-inning situations.

* With Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined with a tight left groin, Farrell opted to have Daniel Nava in the leadoff position.    

"It seems like every day, his value and importance continue to grow,'' said Farrell of Nava. "He's playing with a lot of confidence. He's been a consistent performer for us. He's in the leadoff spot because of the on-base ability and setting the table for those guys to follow.''    

Nava entered Friday night with a .398 on-base percentage, third on the team among regulars behind only David Ortiz (.404) and Dustin Pedroia (.415).