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Morales may be headed back to the DL

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 22, 2013 11:50 PM

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DETROIT — Franklin Morales left Saturday night's game in the seventh inning after allowing a home run by Omar Infante. He felt pain in the front of his left shoulder in the area of his pectoral muscle.

Manager John Farrell indicated that Morales would likely be placed on the disabled list on Sunday.

Morales said the injury was similar to the one he suffered in April while pitching in a minor league game. That set him back for three weeks.

“I feel it one pitch … the pitch to Infante,” Morales said.

The Sox could recall RHP Pedro Beato, who was optioned earlier today. Or they could go with RHP Jose De La Torre. Alfredo Aceves is another candidate.

Also:

• David Ortiz drove a fastball nearly halfway up the bleachers in right field in the first inning. It was Ortiz’s third career home run against Max Scherzer, his 16th of the season and No. 417 of his career.

Ortiz has 18 home runs at Comerica Park, the most for a visiting player. He had been tied with Jim Thome and Paul Konerko. Ortiz has played 48 games at Comerica, Thome 70 and Konerko 107.

Ortiz has 55 RBis in 58 games this season. He nearly homered again in the sixth inning but a blast to center was tracked down at the fence by Austin Jackson.

• Jose Iglesias was 2 for 3, raising his batting average to .438. He has reached safely in 25 consecutive games. It’s the second longest such streak in the majors to Miguel Cabrera, who has reached in 37 straight games.

Iglesias has at least one hit in 21 of his last 22 games.

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