I don’t have much more to offer on this topic than the question posed by the headline of this post, but here goes…
Before last night’s game, Alex Anthopoulos had a lengthy chat with the media hordes on a variety of topics, one of which was the status of Brandon Morrow, who seemed to fall off the face of the earth after his early exit from a May 28th start.
By way of John Lott’s piece in the National Post, Anthopoulos explains:
Asked if he is optimistic that Morrow can pitch again this season, Anthopoulos replied: “It’s hard to be at this point. I’m just being honest. He just hasn’t been able to get it going.
“He feels better. It’s certainly improved from where he was but he just doesn’t feel 100%. I ask our trainers: ‘It seems like we’ve given him so much rest. Should he not be 100% at this point?’ It’s tough to know how everyone’s body recovers and so on. We’ve taken MRIs multiple times and all we’ve seen is inflammation.”
Morrow is undergoing further tests, Anthopoulos said.
So it’s some kind of mystery injury, right?
Not so fast. Lott’s piece was updated after the fact to include information that had surfaced in a Shi Davidi report at Sportsnet that surfaced just before 1 AM ET:
Brandon Morrow has an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm and is likely out for the rest of the season, a source told sportsnet.ca Wednesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander visited Dr. James Andrews earlier in the day where the renowned specialist confirmed a diagnosis made during two previous exams by other doctors in May and June.
Later Davidi adds that “a course of treatment is being finalized – at this point surgery isn’t being considered an option – and is likely to include an extended rest period that will prevent him from being ready before the season’s end.”
So… Morrow’s probably not going to be back until 2014. Apart from any worry that the injury will still be impacting him then– worry that I think existed back when it was a merely a mystery injury– that doesn’t really matter. Neither does Anthopoulos evading the truth about it, in the grand scheme of things, but… why?
Are they so cynical as to be trying to keep hope alive that he’ll be back and part of some miracle comeback? Do they not want other teams to know that they’re more desperate to add a starter than they may actually be?
I don’t know if I buy any of that. Y’know… because it’d be pretty dumb.
Hey, and all of a sudden they’re being quite a bit more open about it, as friend of the blog Clint (aka the must-follow @StivBators) is listening to John Gibbons on Jim Duquette’s Sirius XM radio show, and (among other nuggets I’ll be writing about after this one) tweets the following:
So no throwing for Morrow for 6 weeks and then they want him to start a spring training like program so they now what they’ve got.
— Clint (@StivBators) July 25, 2013
So… six weeks of no throwing means he can get started on his spring-like program at the tail end of August. Maybe they’ll be able to get him some action at the end of the year, but for all intents and purposes, his season is over.
Why not just say that?