| Birthdate: 1/24/1986
| Birthplace: San Juan de los Morros, Guarico,
| Bats/Throws: L/L
| Team: Boston
| College: No College
| MLB Experience: 6
| Salary: $1,487,500
| Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 331.65
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/25/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales is getting close to returning from the disabled list, but may need one more minor-league rehab assignment as he recovers from a lower back strain, WEEI.com reports Saturday
Morales has topped 80 pitches in his rehab stint, and could be used as a spot starter when he returns, though he is likely to be used out of the bullpen initially. Morales has a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings during his rehab stint.
Franklin Morales makes another rehab start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/23/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Franklin Morales (back, pectoral) moved his rehab assignment from Triple-A Pawtucket to Double-A Portland Thursday. Morales picked up the win as he allowed one unearned run on six hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out three.
Since restarting his rehab assignment May 8, Morales has made two starts for Portland and two starts for Pawtucket. He is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts for Pawtucket and 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts for Portland.
Morales has allowed six runs over 12 innings through four minor league rehab appearances. Boston is stretching him out to start but doesn't have an opening in the rotation.
"The fact is, he’s getting up and down multiple times with the innings pitched and coming out of each start with no issues," manager John Farrell said. "Everything is moving according to what our initial thoughts were with him. Once we get through tomorrow, we’ll re-evaluate that and see what the needs are here and certainly where he fits in."
Franklin Morales making Triple-A start Saturday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Red Sox injured pitcher Franklin Morales is slated to start Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket, WEEI.com reported Wednesday. Morales will throw four innings in that start.
Unless the Red Sox have a glaring bullpen need, Morales is likely to receive another start following Saturday in order to get stretched out to as many as five innings.
Franklin Morales pitches at Triple-A
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales made a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. He allowed one run on two hits over three innings of work. The left-hander also struck out four with no walks.
Morales has been sidelined since spring training due to a back injury and suffered a setback in the form of a strained pectoral muscle in late April.
Franklin Morales restarts rehab stint
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales restarted his minor-league rehab assignment for Double-A Portland Wednesday.
Morales, who has been sidelined all season due to a back injury suffered during the spring, pitched two scoreless innings.
The left-hander will move up to Triple-A Pawtucket Monday to continue his rehab assignment. He is expected to stretch his outings as a starter before returning to the rotation.
Franklin Morales pitching for Double-A Portland
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales is scheduled to pitch two innings for Double-A Portland Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports. Morales has been on the shelf all year due to a back injury suffered during the spring.
Morales pitched in one game back on April 17 for Class A Greenville, but strained a pectoral muscle and was shut down. Boston would like Morales to be stretched out to possibly rejoin the rotation down the line.
Franklin Morales restarting rehab clock
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales is expected to pitch a two-inning stint with Double-A Portland Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
Morales will restart his 30-day rehab clock after he'd been shut down a couple weeks back due to a left pectoral injury.
Morales has yet to pitch for the Red Sox this season.
Franklin Morales fires up throwing program
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales (back, pectoral) began a throwing program Wednesday, according to the Boston Herald. He threw on flat ground from 120 feet and hopes to be able to pitch off a mound this weekend.
Franklin Morales shut down
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) The Red Sox shut down reliever Franklin Morales after an MRI confirmed he has a left pectoral strain, the Boston Herald reports Saturday.
Morales won't resume long tossing until at least Tuesday.
Franklin Morales' rehab on pause
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales (back, pectoral) is back in Boston to throw the long toss, per the Boston Globe. The Red Sox have not shut down his rehab assignment, but it's uncertain when he will pitch again.
Franklin Morales has rehab start pushed back
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales (back) had his scheduled rehab appearance for Double-A Portland pushed back until later in the week because of discomfort in his left pectoral. Morales, who was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday, began a rehab assignment with Class A Greenville last week, tossing three scoreless innings.
Franklin Morales returning by early May
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales (back) is expected to pitch four innings for Double-A Portland Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports Sunday. Morales is on track to return to the big leagues by the end of the month or perhaps in early May.
Franklin Morales ready for Double-A rehab
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales, who started his rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Greenville, is scheduled to make a rehab appearance Monday with Double-A Portland, according to the Providence Journal.
Morales, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, is expected to be stretched out as a starter before being activated.
Franklin Morales sharp in rehab debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales began his rehab assignment with Class A Greenville Wednesday night, the Boston Globe reports.
Morales, who is being stretched out as a starter, went three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and two walks. He threw 48 pitches and struck out a batter.
Morales is expected to be stretched out as a starter in order to rejoin the Boston rotation when healthy and needed.
Franklin Morales being stretched out
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales (back) is expected to make one more start at extended spring training Wednesday before beginning a rehab assignment with Double-A Portland, the Boston Herald reports Saturday.
Morales is being stretched out as a starter at Portland and could return to Boston's rotation when ready and needed.
Franklin Morales stretching out in spring games
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Red Sox injured left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales (back) threw an inning of an extended spring training game Tuesday, reports WEEI.com. He threw 15 pitches and faced four batters.
Morales will make two more extended spring training appearances before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. He's hoping to go three innings.
Franklin Morales not close to joining team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales (back) will throw 20 pitches at the team's spring complex Tuesday and Friday, according to the Providence Journal. Although the team needs a starter in the wake of John Lackey's biceps injury, Morales is not close to being considered an option for the rotation.
Franklin Morales working his way back
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales completed a live batting practice session Wednesday as he continues to make progress in his recovery from a back injury, the Boston Globe reports. Morales is on the disabled list due to a strained lower back and there is no timetable for his return to game action.
Red Sox place Franklin Morales on DL
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Red Sox placed reliever Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to a bulging disk in his back, reports the Boston Globe.
Morales, expected to remain in extended spring training, has been out since the end of February with his injury.
Franklin Morales back on mound
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales completed a bullpen session Saturday without any noted issues to his back, the Boston Globe reports. It was Morales' first session since he made his lone Grapefruit League appearance on Feb. 27, as he has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back.
Injured Red Sox RPs ready to throw off mound
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales (back) and reliever Craig Breslow (shoulder) are ready to throw off a mound, according to The Providence Journal. Morales will throw off a mound Saturday and Breslow will throw from the mound Monday. Both players will remain in extended spring training at the start of the season.
Red Sox hurlers on the mend
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Red Sox pitchers Franklin Morales (back) and Craig Breslow (shoulder) continue to throw at the spring training complex, but neither is close to getting back on a mound, reports the Boston Globe Saturday. Both will remain in extended spring training when the team breaks camp.
Franklin Morales plays catch
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales, who is expected to begin the season on the 15-day disabled list, was able to play catch from 60 feet on Monday, reports MLB.com.
Morales is dealing with a bulging disk in his back and received an epidural last week. It is unclear whether he'll be able to return to game action before the end of the spring.
Alfredo Aceves important with Franklin Morales out
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Boston pitcher Franklin Morales is likely to begin the season on the disabled list due to a bulging disk in his lower back, reports the Boston Herald on Saturday. Red Sox manager John Farrell has identified Alfredo Aceves as the primary long reliever in the bullpen and spot starter to take Morales' place.
Aceves' antics can be a distraction, but he will prove valuable, especially with Morales out.
Franklin Morales seeking injury relief
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Red Sox relief pitcher Franklin Morales received an injection Friday to alleviate pain for a bulging disk in his back, the Boston Globe reports. Morales, who first experienced the issue earlier this month, was re-examined in Boston on Friday and is out indefinitely. His status for the start of the regular season is uncertain.
Franklin Morales will have back examined in Boston
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales has returned to Boston to have his injured back examined, according to manager John Farrell. Morales has been dealing with back issues throughout the spring, but he hasn’t been making progress in his rehab. He’s expected to return to the team before the end of the day on Thursday.
Morales with no timetable to pitch
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/5/2013) Boston rotation candidate Franklin Morales continues to experience lower-back stiffness, reports ESPN Tuesday. Morales, who is responding well to treatment, did some core stability exercises on Tuesday but has no date to return to games or even complete a bullpen session right now.
Morales has back issue
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/2/2013) Boston left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales is dealing with back stiffness and is day to day. Morales pitched Wednesday against Baltimore and retired all three batters he faced. Morales is expected to pitch again on Monday.
Morales perfect in spring debut
(2/27/2013) Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales made his first start of the Grapefruit League on Wednesday night against the Orioles. He worked one inning and retired all three batters he faced in order. Morales is competing for a spot in the rotation this spring.
Morales, Aceves to be starters
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/8/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell told ESPN.com on Friday that pitchers Franklin Morales and Alfredo Aceves will enter camp as starters. "Well adjust from there," Farrell said.
Morales agrees with BoSox
(1/18/2013) The Red Sox and pitcher Franklin Morales agreed to a one-year, $1.487 contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Morales went 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 37 appearances (nine starts) last season.