Morales activated; Aceves sent packing

The Guru
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox announced today that Franklin Morales has been activated from the disabled list and will be available tonight in the Sox bullpen.

Alfredo Aceves was optioned back to Pawtucket.

Morales, out since spring training with a left pectoral strain after off-season back issues, has been rehabbing in the minors.

Morales had a 3.18 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 17 minor league rehab innings.

Last year, in nine starts and 28 relief appearances, Morales went 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He did strike out 76 batters in 76 1/3 innings but also surrendered 11 home runs. The lefty pitched quite a bit better in relief (3.23 ERA) than he did as a starter (4.14 ERA).

Morales will join Andrew Miller and Craig Breslow to give manager John Farrell three left-handed relievers. Given his experience as a starter, Morales can be used as something more than a lefty specialist.

Alfredo Aceves, who pitched well in the win Monday night (6 IP, 1 ER), was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket. The good start from Aceves against the Phillies may generate some trade interest from other teams now. It's becoming obvious Aceves is not in the Sox long term plans.

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