Notes: Sox could look for starting pitcher depth

Notes: Sox could look for starting pitcher depth
March 18, 2013, 6:45 pm

Franklin Morales will get a few days off after making his first appearance of the season.

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Red Sox may be in the market for some depth starting, with Franklin Morales (bulging disc in his lower back) sidelined and unavailable to the team at the start of the season.
The Sox had projected Morales to be one of a few starting pitch depth options, along with Alfredo Aceves and Clayton Mortensen. But taking Morales out of the mix has left them thinner in starters than they would like.
"That's something that's been discussed," said John Farrell. "We recognize where we're at as far as our starting depth is concerned, particularly with guys that have experience. Franklin's injury affects that. Alfredo is a guy who we've stretched out and we'll continue to do and he has major league starting experience.
"Overall, that's an area than I think we're looking to add to."


Ryan Lavarnway, who began spring training poorly at the plate, is starting to have better at-bats.
On Monday, he drilled a hard line drive single to score two runs in the first inning, continuing some offensive improvement.
"I think with additional at-bats, we're seeing more consistency," said Farrell. "I thought he swung the bat well -- not just the line drive base hit, but he just missed (driving) the ball in his last at-bat as well. I think as we get deeper into camp and guys get regular at-bats, that timing will start to get a little bit more


With some starters making appearances in minor league games later this week to avoid seeing A.L. opponents and/or long bus trips, the Sox plan to use Friday against Toronto as a "bullpen game" with relievers pitching an inning each. On Sunday, in Clearwater against Philadelphia, Brandon Workman will get a start for the Sox.