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Blue Jays will shut down Morrow after one more start

Aug 29, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos informed the media Sunday that 26-year-old right-hander Brandon Morrow will be shut down for the rest of the 2010 season due to a high innings total.  He will make one more start, Friday at Yankee Stadium.

The Jays, 11 games out of the hunt for the American League East crown, are more concerned with their young starter’s right arm than winning baseball games at the moment, and rightly so. 

Morrow has turned in a solid 10-6 record, a 4.27 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 25 starts this season.  He has tallied 174 strikeouts in 143.1 total innings and came within one out of a no-hitter during a 17-strikeout performance on August 8 against the first-place Rays. 

On a normal schedule, Morrow would have undoubtedly reached the 200-strikeout plateau, but it’s far more important that he is a healthy and reliable contributor in the Toronto rotation for the next several seasons.  Not just this season.

It’s never easy to go the distance in the AL East, but there’s a lot to like about a rotation headed by Morrow, Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil.  That’s what the Jays will bring to the table in 2011.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Aug 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    A wise move by the Jays.

  2. coliveloyyd - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Morrow has reached his innings limit, and the Blue Jays don’t want to expose their breakout ace to injury.
    Force Factor

  3. BC - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    there’s a lot to like about a rotation headed by Morrow, Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil.
    Except that three teams in your division have a better front three than that.

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