The Red Sox placed left-handed starter Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list due to what manager Bobby Valentine characterized to reporters as "a little bit of a tired shoulder." The official reason for his placement on the DL was left shoulder inflammation.
"It was a little cranky the other day," Valentine told reporters. "At this time of the year, I just didn't think there was any reason to be anything but cautious."
While shuffling between the rotation and bullpen, Morales -- who has appeared in 37 games and made nine starts -- has pitched 76 1/3 innings, a career-high at the big league level and the most innings overall he's thrown in a season since 2009, when he threw 80 1/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors. Morales is 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA, but after a largely successful stretch in the rotation, he has been hammered for 11 runs (seven earned) over eight innings in his last two starts.
With Morales down, right-hander Zach Stewart -- acquired from the White Sox in the trade that sent Youkilis to Chicago -- will start on Wednesday, making his first big league appearance with the Red Sox. In 11 starts with the PawSox, Stewart was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA, 6.4 strikeouts and 2.1 walks per nine innings. Prior to the trade, he'd made 18 appearances (one start) in the big leagues for the White Sox, going 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA, 16 strikeouts and four walks in 30 innings. He's been a pitch-to-contact hurler with good groundball rates in parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues, though he's allowed 21 homers in 97 1/3 innings, resulting in high run yields.
His most recent start in Triple-A was his best, as Stewart threw a season-high seven innings while permitting two runs on four hits (including a homer) with four strikeouts and no walks.
"[The season has] been up and down. I started in the bullpen with Chicago, got traded, and I've been starting ever since at Pawtucket," Stewart told reporters. "I've done a lot of both in my whole career, relieving and starting. I guess it's somewhat normal, but kind of a rollercoaster a little bit this season."
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