The National Post’s John Lott is tweeting that Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow will start the season on the Disabled List with right forearm inflammation.
Toronto’s number two starter had a break out year in 2010 and was projected by many to continue to build on his success. His last start of the Spring was a successful outing against the New York Yankees five days ago. The right hander threw for five innings, striking out six, walking three batters and giving up only three hits.
After the appearance, manager John Farrell noticed that something was lacking.
Maybe he wasn’t quite as powerful as last time out, but very good assortment of pitches.
Lott is now tweeting that Morrow’s time on the DL will be “backdated” to the outing against the Yankees, meaning that he could only miss a single start.
The Blue Jays rotation will now go Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek, Brett Cecil, Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch, sticking with the order currently being used in Spring Training.
Last season, Morrow’s 10.95 K/9 was the highest in baseball among starters that threw at least 140 innings.
Morrow has a long history of injuries, and was done no favours by the Seattle Mariners organization as their development path for the prospect switched back and forth between reliever and starter.
According to BaseballInjuryTool.com Morrow has spent time on the Disabled List every Spring since 2008 with various injuries to his right arm. Last year, he came back from the DL on April 3rd after right shoulder soreness, the year before it was right forearm soreness, and the year before that it was right shoulder soreness again.
The Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin has quotes from Alex Anthopoulos:
Brandon was just making his case that he feels good. It’s one of those things where we’re being extra cautious. Especially with the ability to backdate the disabled list. Really, we’re talking about him missing a start. He is adamant that he can go. We just want to let everything calm down for four or five days. Why try to rush when it’s only one start.