Remember Franklin Morales? The lefthander has been on the disabled list all season with a lower back strain that occurred in spring training and has since healed. But he remains on a rehabilitation assignment because the Red Sox want to prepare him as a starter.
Morales has pitched in three games and gone eight innings so far. His latest stint, on Monday for Triple A Pawtucket, lasted three innings.
Morales will start for Pawtucket again Saturday and is scheduled for four innings.
“If we don’t change course with his role, we’d like to get him to a minimum of five [innings] before we look to do something back here,” Farrell said.
At this point, Farrell said, Morales is healthy enough to pitch out of the bullpen. But the Red Sox want to build up their starter depth, and they see Morales as a good option for that given the nine games he started last season. If Doubront continues to struggle, Morales would be a candidate to replace him in the rotation.
Farrell said that if a need were to arise in the bullpen, activating Morales sooner would be a consideration.
“We’re staying the course as of right now on him starting,” Farrell said.