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Blue Jays activate Brandon Morrow from DL for Saturday start

Apr 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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Out since mid-March with a strained forearm, Brandon Morrow has been activated from the disabled list by the Blue Jays and will make his season debut tomorrow afternoon against the Rays.

I tabbed Morrow as one of my “breakout picks” for 2011, which naturally led to him being shut down with arm problems, but the Blue Jays never gave any indication that they believed the injury was serious.

However, he did struggle on a minor-league rehab assignment, going 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA, .310 opponents’ batting average, and 11/6 K/BB ratio in nine innings spread over three starts while building up his arm strength.

If healthy Morrow has a chance to emerge as one of the best young starters in the league this season to give Toronto a very young and promising front three along with Ricky Romero and Kyle Drabek.

  1. cur68 - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    That forearm issue seemed like UCL trouble to me. Per an earlier post linked to an article explaining pitching motions that will cause UCL fraying, I see Morrow as a problem delivery heading for major surgery. I would love to be wrong about him, though. Good luck to him; my team can sure use him.

  2. saucepaws - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Brett Cecil was sent down to AAA Vegas this afternoon….with Chris Woodward coming up to take his place. Who would’ve thought we’d ever see him again?

  3. Chris Ross - Apr 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    It’s about time Morrow came back jeez. I’m pretty sure the arm problem was more of an issue than they led us to believe cuz this isn’t the first time Morrow has had issues with his health in his career. Hopefully he can get back to the level that he was at the end of last year so he can build on that cuz he has the potential to be one of the best in the league.

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