Franklin Morales to Start Sunday In Place of Josh Beckett

The Red Sox have been getting better starting pitching of late with the exception of Aaron Cook and Josh Beckett.  You may recall it was Beckett who left his last start in the third inning with back spasms and was showered with boos from the Fenway Faithful.

It was reported today that Beckett will miss his next start slated for Sunday against the Twins.  In his place the Red Sox will send lefty Franklin Morales to the mound in hopes of finding a permanent home in the rotation.  On the season, Morales has started five times for the Red Sox, going 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26.2 innings.

With the acquisition of Craig Breslow at the deadline, another lefty reliever, there was much speculation that Morales could be moved back to the rotation given the struggles of both Cook and Beckett.

Morales has also been a force out of the bullpen this season for the Sox, serving as middle, long and late game relief.  The 26-year old lefty has pitched in 57.0 combined innings, both out of the pen and as a starter while producing a 3.32 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP.

Topics: AL East, Boston Red Sox, Franklin Morales, Josh Beckett

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