Sunday's game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Morales will get an MRI to determine the status of his shoulder.
"We're going to get a photograph of his shoulder
just to make sure we know what we're looking at," Valentine said.
"He's a little hesitant right now because he doesn't feel 100 percent
strength-wise. He's on a real holding pattern."
This isn't the first time Morales has been shelved by a
shoulder injury. The pitcher started spring training later than usual
while dealing with weakness in his left shoulder.
The training staff continued to monitor Morales' shoulder
over the season — especially as he flip-flopped between starting
and relieving — but never noticed anything out of the ordinary.
"There really was never any red flags or
deficiencies or a situation where he thought he had a situation,"
Valentine said. "I think right now, talking with him, he just doesn't feel
"He thinks he can pitch, he thinks he can throw, and
he's throwing long-toss, but at this time of the season, if a guy has any
qualms about his condition, I'd put it on the back burner."
During 37 appearances this season, including nine starts,
Morales has posted a 3-4 record with a 3.77 ERA. He has 76 strikeouts
through 76 1/3 innings.