Red Sox expected to put Morales on DL

Franklin Morales left Saturday’s game in Detroit in the seventh inning with a trainer.
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Franklin Morales left Saturday’s game in Detroit in the seventh inning with a trainer.

The Red Sox are expected to place lefthander Franklin Morales on the disabled list on Tuesday with a strained pectoral muscle. He was examined by team doctors today.

Shane Victorino, who left Sunday’s game in Detroit with a sore lower back, was feeling better on Monday and is expected to remain on the active roster.

Meanwhile, today marks the one-year anniversary of the Red Sox trading Kevin Youkilis to make room for Will Middlebrooks.


It was a deal that didn’t work out too well for any of the players involved so far. Consider:

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• Youkilis has hit .232 in 108 games for the White Sox and Yankees with a .335 on-base percentage. The 34-year-old is on the disabled list for the second time this season with the Yankees. He underwent back surgery in California last week to repair a herniated disc and is expected to miss at least 10-12 weeks.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team does not expect Youkilis to return before the final weeks of September — if then.

• The Red Sox received righthander righthander Zach Stewart and infielder Brett Lillibridge from Chicago in return for Youkilis. Stewart pitched poorly in two starts and was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the season for Kyle Kaminska, a minor league lefthander who played in six games and retired.

Lillibridge was traded to the Indians in July, released in November and signed by the Cubs. They traded him to the Yankees last week — ironically to improve their depth at third base because of the loss of Youkilis.


The only peripheral return on Youkilis for the Red Sox is righthanded reliever Jose De La Torre, who was obtained from Cleveland for Lillibridge. He has pitched in three games for the Sox but spent most of the season with Triple A Pawtucket.

• Since the day Youkilis was traded, Middlebrooks has hit .210 with a .646 OPS. He broke his right wrist last Aug. 10 when he was hit by a pitch and missed the rest of the season.

Middlebrooks started slowly this season and lost his job to Jose Iglesias. He has not played in five of the last six games.