Holy shit, apparently medical school is a fuckload easier than I’d heard, because there are a lot of doctors out there who were already declaring the Jays’ season over, after Brandon Morrow had to take himself out of the game, nine pitches into tonight’s start against Washington, refusing to even throw a warm-up pitch or two.
Adding to the hysteria was a tweet from Mike Wilner, who explained that when trainer Hap Hudson came out to update John Farrell on Morrow’s condition, Farrell’s reaction was “J**** F***,” or as we like to say around here, “Jesus fuck!”
And sure, Morrow’s loss would be a huge blow to whatever you think the Jays hopes of hanging around long enough to be in the playoff conversation might be. But… when so many of these armchair medics were offering their diagnoses to the world, we actually didn’t know anything close to a goddamn thing, meaning that was as absolutely ridiculous to assume the worst had happened to the Jays’ best starter as it would have been to assume it was nothing and he’d be totally fine.
Which is to say, with nothing resembling anything remotely close to actual information, we’d have no idea what to make of it until the Jays told us… which they just have.
According to Mike Wilner on the Fan 590 broadcast, Morrow has a strained left oblique muscle and is currently day-t0-day.
An oblique, as Wilner and Jerry Howarth went on to discuss after the announcement, isn’t exactly an easy problem for a hard-throwing pitcher to work through, but it sure as fuck is better than there being something wrong with his elbow or his shoulder, amiright?
UPDATE: And it would appear as though Morrow will hit the DL with this injury, so things are not quite as rosy as we’d hoped– or thought when the injury was originally announced.
John Lott of the National Post writes that “manager John Farrell said after the game the injury is ‘probably substantial.’ Morrow, he said, was ‘in considerable pain’ and will undergo more tests on Tuesday.” He adds that “after the game, the Blue Jays sent Chad Beck to Triple-A and recalled starter Aaron Laffey and reliever Evan Crawford. A corresponding roster move will come on Tuesday — likely the assignment of Morrow to the DL.”
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