*UPDATE* MASH Unit: Morales to DL; Ross to 60-day DL; Victorino back in lineup; Buch throws; RemDawg returns
The Guru Contributing Writer
The Red Sox will place lefthander Franklin Morales on the disabled list tonight with a strained pectoral muscle. In one start and six relief appearances this year, Morales is 2-0 with a 7.30 ERA with 11 strikeouts and nine walks. Reliever Pedro Beato will be called up from Pawtucket.
Reliever Clayton Mortensen threw one scoreless inning in a rehab assignment with Pawtucket yesterday. Mortenson has been out with a hip impingement. He is eligible to be activated tomorrow.
The Red Sox placed catcher David Ross on the 60-day DL with concussion symptoms. Ross has been sent back home to Florida and will meet with specialists sometime in July. Ross suffered his second concussion earlier this month and won't be available until mid August.
Shane Victorino, who left Sunday’s loss in Detroit with a lower back strain, was feeling better on Monday and is in tonight's lineup. Victorino missed 17 games on the DL from May 21 through June 8 and missed seven games from April 25-May 2 with back/hamstring issue. Victorino is hitting .285 on the year while playing some gold glove caliber defense in right field.
Clay Buchholz threw today from 120 feet on flat ground today. The goal is to have him throw a bullpen tomorrow and another one Friday. Buchholz will need to make at least one minor league rehab start. Buchholz is 9-0, 1.71 ERA in 12 starts, but has not pitched since June 6.
Last week Buchholz said, "I told the medical staff, I want to be 100 percent when I take the mound. If that's not for two weeks, then that's what I'm going to do."
And tonight marks the return of Jerry Remy to the broadcast booth. Remy's been out a while dealing with allergies and pneumonia. Welcome back, RemDawg.