Sox waiting on Morales, roster move

DETROIT -- The Boston Red Sox will hold off on making any roster moves until they get a definitive answer on relief pitcher Franklin Morales.

“Franklin will go through more of a complete exam tomorrow,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said in the dugout prior to Boston’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. “He doesn’t feel any drastic improvement coming out of last night’s game. He’ll go through a complete workup tomorrow and then determine if there will be a roster move after that.”

Morales left Saturday’s game after giving up a two-run homer to Detroit’s Omar Infante.

According to Farrell, the injury occurred on the pitch prior to the home run.

“He felt it on the one pitch and didn’t feel he could go back to his fastball and threw a breaking ball,” Farrell said. “As we’ve seen, it was much less than the ones he was throwing inside of last night’s outing. It affected him.”

The injury is in the left pectoral area, similar to an injury he suffered earlier in the season.

“I think it’s in the same general area, but [when] we get the MRI we’ll know more specifics if it concurs with what he’s dealt with in the past or it’s something in addition to it,” Farrell said. “But he still feels some of that discomfort from this morning.”

Morales had a left shoulder injury in 2012. He was just reinstated off the disabled list on May 28 after missing 52 games with a low back strain.

“We felt like coming out of last night our bullpen is in good shape as far as getting through and with tomorrow being an off day to catch up,” Farrell said.

Morales lasted 2 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out four.

* Jonny Gomes will get the start in left field, replacing Daniel Nava, who has been bothered by a wrist injury.

“I wouldn’t say just for the wrist,” Farrell said when asked why Nava was given the day off. “I’d say over the past week, today would be a day to give him a day down and tomorrow the off day as well.

“You might say with (Justin) Verlander going on the mound why do you not try and load up with left-handers, but he’s probably been more difficult with lefties than righties,” Farrell continued. “We need to put together the best game we can.”

* Ryan Lavarnway will start behind the plate for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

“He came out of last night’s game and we talked and felt today was a good day to give him down,” Farrell said of sitting Saltalamacchia. “Even if we were playing Monday, day game after a night game and the amount of innings he’s caught this week, he needs a day off his feet.”

Saltalamacchia has appeared in 59 games this season.

“We typically take the view that this is a two-man position,” Farrell said. “There’s going to be a lead guy to it and Salty is clearly the guy. We fully expect him to catch north of 100 games and that’s unfolding as we speak the way he’s going about it. I can’t compliment him enough on the work he continues to do outside the games. We’re not to the halfway mark yet and we have to keep him fresh as much as can.”

* Farrell had no other update on starter Clay Buchholz.

“The next move will be to continue trying to get him on the mound,” Farrell said. “There’s going to be a need for a couple of bullpens before he gets into a game situation and clearly that game situation will be on a rehab assignment.”