Morales shifted back to bullpen

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have decided to move pitcher Franklin Morales back to the bullpen after the left-hander posted a 2-1 record with a 3.42 ERA in five starts.

Morales spent the early portion of the season as a reliever but was added to the rotation on June 3.

With a healthy and effective Aaron Cook in the rotation, the Red Sox are able to use Morales as a reliever.

“Morales gives us two left-handers in the bullpen now,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “We could always have him to start if we need him, but it was the logical choice because he’s the only guy of the six [starters] who has been in the bullpen before and he’s back there now. It’s not a permanent move but he’ll do whatever it takes to help the team.”

In 23 relief appearances, Morales is 0-1 with a 2.88 ERA, including eight holds. During three relief outings between June 6 and 9, he tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.

In five starts for the Red Sox, Cook is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA.

Valentine still has not announced his starter for the series finale on Thursday against Chicago White Sox.