Red Sox Acquire Colorado Reliever

RED SOX ACQUIRE LEFT-HANDED PITCHER FRANKLIN MORALES FROM THE COLORADO ROCKIES

FOR A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER OR CASH CONSIDERATIONS

Left-Handed Pitcher Hideki Okajima Designated for Assignment

 

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today acquired left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated left-handed pitcher Hideki Okajima for assignment.

 

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

 

The 25-year-old Morales has compiled an 0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP), 11 strikeouts and eight walks over 14 appearances with the Rockies in 2011, all in relief, holding opponents to a .204 batting average (10-for-49). In 102 career outings (15 starts) over parts of five Major League seasons with Colorado from 2007-11, the left-hander is 7-11 with a 4.83 ERA (79 ER/147.1 IP) and 114 strikeouts compared to 86 walks. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .185 batting average (25-for-135) in his career and has also appeared in eight postseason games (two starts) with the Rockies, including two relief outings during the 2007 World Series.

 

Okajima, 35, is 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA (4 ER/8.1 IP) and six strikeouts in seven games with the Red Sox this season. He began the year with five relief appearances for Triple-A Pawtucket before being recalled to Boston on April 18. The left-hander is 17-8 with six saves, a 3.11 ERA (85 ER/246.1 IP) and 215 strikeouts over 261 career Major League outings from 2007-11, all with Boston in relief.

 

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