We don’t have any information on the status of Brandon Morrow just yet, but rather curiously the Jays have announced, via a team release, and official tweet, that Yan Gomes has been optioned back down to Las Vegas, completing the corresponding move to last night’s recalls of Aaron Laffey and Evan Crawford, which also included the optioning down of Chad Beck.
More could still be in the cards– Travis Snider? Though you’d expect that he’d move to Las Vegas for a stretch, rather than getting a post-rehab call straight to the Majors– but for now, the roster looks like it might be set, and Brandon Morrow is still on it.
Presumably the Jays felt the need to expand their bullpen based on fact that Chad Beck and Luis Perez pitched multiple innings in the wake of Morrow’s injury last night, and that Frasor, Cordero and Villanueva each also took a turn. Aaron Laffey would have been an option to start in Morrow’s place– and may still be– with Evan Crawford adding bullpen depth. They needed to make those moves last night, so as to have those fresh arms in place for tonight, but they left open the second corresponding move, because they weren’t yet ready at the time to place Morrow on the DL.
It would appear as though they took the risk that they might have to lose the versatile Gomes for an interleague stretch, just to be sure they had fresh arms for today. It’s a tough trade-off, and maybe they could have brought up just Crawford, and waited to recall Laffey until word on Morrow was official, but that would have left the bullpen a little thin tonight, with just Crawford, Janssen and Oliver rested and ready to pick up Kyle Drabek. And regardless, the best news here is that, at least for now, there appears to be a chance that Morrow’s injury isn’t even as serious as we’d been fearing. Maybe.
Whatever the case, for the time being, he’s not on the DL.
Alex Anthopoulos will address reporters at 3:30, and I’ll add in any relevant updates as they come in…
Update from AA: Anthopoulos tells reporters, and assorted stragglers, like our own Drew Fairservice, that Brandon Morrow is having more tests at 4:30, and that he expects him to go on the DL. At that point, presumably, Yan Gomes would be recalled– as he won’t be subject to having to be in Vegas for 10 full days if he’s recalled as an injury replacement.
Additionally, Drew tweets that Anthopoulos says Jesse Chavez will get the call if the Jays need a starter. Hurray?
One More Update: One extra bit of information from Shi Davidi, who tweets that John Farrell informed reporters today that Brett Cecil, who has been sitting at 88-92 lately, has been promoted to Las Vegas, and is another candidate who may be called up to fill in for Morrow. Um, again… hurray?
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