Now, back to the (injury rehab) game …
Injuries play a role in any team’s poor start, and a big one was to left-hander Franklin Morales, who can be a difference-make if he produces to the level of his immense talent. Morales, who suffered a shoulder injury in his second start of the season, will make his first injury rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Colorado Springs against Tacoma at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs.
Morales has been out since April 21 with a shoulder strain. After pitching well at the end of 2007 as a late-season callup, Morales proved last year he wasn’t ready for the Majors. But he made the team out of Spring Training as the fifth starter and held the D-backs to one run in six innings of his first start. He suffered the injury in his next start.
Morales said he’ll throw 75-80 pitches.
“I’m very excited because I need to focus on my game,” said Morales, who has thrown two simulated games and is confident in the condition of the shoulder.