Franklin Morales‘ season was abruptly shortened due to shoulder inflammation. It ended the 26-year-old’s landmark campaign, where he emerged as a starting candidate after beginning the season in the bullpen.
In 37 games, including nine starts, Morales posted a 3-4 record with a 3.77 ERA and 76 strikeouts. Although he can’t maintain that momentum in winter ball — he’ll be strengthening his shoulder — Morales is excited about his future.
Before the season ended, Morales took a moment to catch up with Red Sox beat writer Didier Morais to his heath, his rotating back and forth from the rotation and bullpen as well as his future with the club. The interview — conducted in Spanish — is translated below.
Didier Morais: We’re here with Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales and thanks for your time, Franklin. Before we get into it, how’s your shoulder feeling at the moment?
Franklin Morales: I feel much better and I’m still rehabbing every day. I think in about two weeks or so, everything should be back to normal. Right now, I’m resting and just getting in the routine of strengthening it.
DM: This was a big year for you, considering you started as a reliever and they moved you over to the starting rotation. So how would you describe this season?
FM: It was a year with a lot of opportunities for me. I was trying to do the best I could for the team. When they put me in both situations, I tried to give it my all every day while working hard. Thank God, I had the season I did. Unfortunately, I got injured, but those are things you just can’t control. One can control what one can control and that’s to go out on the diamond and do your job.
DM: Tell us about the happiness you feel knowing you were able to show everyone that you are capable of being a starting pitcher in this league.
FM: I felt happy about the opportunity that they gave me — to give me that chance in the rotation. That’s something really important that I wanted for my career and I wanted to give it my all. When the opportunity presented itself, I tried to compete hard every day.
DM: What did you learn from that experience and what can you work on moving forward?
FM: Those were two different types of opportunities — one as a reliever and one as a starter — and those are things that help you mature and learn. What I need to do is stay consistent, prepare myself physically and mentally — that’s very important — and get healthy, so I can have a successful season.
DM: Finally, what physical and mental adjustments did you need to make as you switched back and forth from the rotation and the bullpen?
FM: You know what? I just had to stay the course. When they were shuffling me back and forth, I approached the situation calmly and tried to make the necessary adjustments like getting rest, training myself properly and just really shift my focus to the positive things.