Something rather striking was somewhat casually slipped into Richard Griffin’s Bullpen post from over at the Toronto Star today, which… uh… if you read the title of this post, you’re already aware of.
In a segment where he gave out first half letter grades to each of the Jays (I give his grading a solid B+, FWIW), Griffin laid this on us regarding the club’s oft-injured starter:
BRANDON MORROW D: The expectations were high for Morrow as he entered his prime years with stuff that could belong to a starting ace. But after a slow start and an encouraging May 4 starts vs. the M’s, he strained his back on a bullpen day — then his forearm and is in the manager’s doghouse.
That’s… interesting. Not that it means a whole hell of a lot– it’s not like Gibbons isn’t going to run Morrow, whose 2012 ERA ranked fifth in the Majors (among pitchers with a minimum of 120 innigs), out there once he’s healthy again.
Still, though. Intrigue! Amiright?
He elaborated slightly on Twitter:
@james_in_to The powers of observation. That’s why they pay me the big bucks
— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) July 2, 2013
Griffin elaborated even more in his chat with readers earlier today at the Star:
I had great expectations for Morrow starting last year. He has been disappointing in terms of the ability to stand up to the grind. They are paying him starter money and the bullpen is solid. He has great stuff but the manager is not a big fan of his right now because it seems from the back and forth after he was hurt that he may have kept his forearm strain to himself as he was warming up and all of a sudden the pen was in play for seven unexpected innings. Morrow still has time but the clock is ticking.
I don’t know. I guess it seems reasonable enough that they’d be upset by a thing like that, and that… sure, maybe they’re getting impatient with the whole never quite delivering on his promise or being healthy thing. But at the same time, whatever. Right?
Anywho, here are a couple other interesting tidbits from the chat:
- “I could see Buehrle being traded to an NL Central team if the Jays did not have to eat a lot of salary.”
- This answer, about the dearth of replays at Rogers Centre this year, kills it:
It’s an organizational philosophy not to embarrass umpires. They prefer to leave that to Joey Bats and Lawrie. But I agree with you. There is no way that someone sitting at home should be advantaged in knowing what’s going on over someone who actually made the effort to come to the ballgame and drink 9 dollar beer. Screw the umpires and their feelings. Show more replays.
- This too, on Kawasaki:
I don’t see why they would not keep him on the 40-man until next year. He has options left, he’s only 32, he doesn’t cost that much, take him on the winter caravan next January to Nunavut and Edmonton and St. John’s and Vancouver and Canada would fall in love.
- “If it’s a pitcher” who needs to be sent down, he says of the roster crunch upcoming when Lawrie and Melky return to health, “I don’t see them taking a chance with McGowan passing through waivers because Gord Ash and the Brewers would take a chance. Or some other team that knows his pedigree and grit.”