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    Could Morales replace Doubront?

    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.
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    The Sox seem very committed to the SP path with Morales. It seems strange given their greater need for BP help at times when Morales might have been able to help. Even stranger when it appears that both Morales and Doubront appear to be out of options (trying to figure out how you maintain SP depth when you can't keep them both active as SP). Taken together and it seems like the length of Doubront's leash may only be the time left on Morales' rehab clock.

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    While i think they're quitting on Doubront early, I also don't see him ever being too efficient as a SP. Morales also pitched pretty well starting last year. A viable #4 (really #5 because Lackey has been good).

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    He's starting because they badly need SP depth. They were committed to rehabbing him as a starter before Doubront had this rough patch. He wasn't called up when they were desperate for pitching because he was injured at that time. If Doubront gets rocked his next couple starts and his velocity is not there, then sure it's possible.

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    Doubront has reported out of shape 2 years in a row. He's got talent - plenty of it. But won't apply himself. Still, it's hard to give up on a lefty with stuff. Make up a fake injury and bring him back as a SP, RP, or deal him if they can't make that work. No way they cut him w/o another shot at least.
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    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

    Some jerks never learn.....

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    Give doubront the Aceves role in the pen

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    I think they pretty much sent him a message to get his **** together otherwise he will be in the BP.

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    Another meh outing from Felix, yes he had 7 k's, but 6 bb's...and ONLY 5 IP again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Lavigne43- View Post
    He's starting because they badly need SP depth. They were committed to rehabbing him as a starter before Doubront had this rough patch. He wasn't called up when they were desperate for pitching because he was injured at that time. If Doubront gets rocked his next couple starts and his velocity is not there, then sure it's possible.
    He's been back on the mound for a couple of weeks. Had they not been committed to him as a SP they could have cut him back to 1IP per outing and gotten him back into MLB by now.

    If Morales is out of options how can he provide SP depth? If he's activated then he goes to the BP and no longer provides any depth. If he's not activated he has to pass through waivers -- and won't make it.

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    Keep Doubront around though. He's an important part to the team's future and shouldn't be sent to the minors.
    With the deepest of regrets I am announcing that I will be leaving Pro Sports Daily. No reason in particular but wanted to thank everyone for a great 6 years here. Lots of great discussion and good poll series as well. Also fun re-drafts. Best of luck to you all in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by todu82 View Post
    Keep Doubront around though. He's an important part to the team's future and shouldn't be sent to the minors.
    He's important only if he can learn to get his pitches-per-inning under control. Quit trying to throw the damn ball by everyone and let your stuff get outs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittz View Post
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    6BB and throws just 54 of his 100+ pitches for strikes. Will this clown ever learn to pitch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Station 13 View Post
    6BB and throws just 54 of his 100+ pitches for strikes. Will this clown ever learn to pitch?



    banned him jr mod
    Sadly I have no power against an actual rnoderator, as I am just a jr rnoderator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superdude View Post
    your link is bad and you should feel bad
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