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Brandon Morrow leaves start with left oblique strain

Jun 11, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

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UPDATE: According to Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that Morrow was in “considerable pain” and that the injury was “probably substantial.” It sounds like a DL-stint is likely in his future.

8:10 PM: Davidi reports that Morrow was diagnosed with a left oblique strain. He’s considered day-to-day right now, which suggests that the injury is minor, but we should know more on his status in the next couple of days.

7:40 PM: Bad news for the Blue Jays.

Shi Davidi of of Sportsnet.ca reports that Brandon Morrow left tonight’s start against the Nationals in the first inning with an apparent injury to his right side.

Morrow gave up a leadoff double to Steve Lombardozzi before suffering the injury on a pitch to Bryce Harper. He threw just nine pitches before being replaced by Chad Beck.

We should hear more on his status soon, but an oblique injury would likely mean a stint on the disabled list. Losing Morrow would be a tough break for Toronto, as the 27-year-old right-hander is off to the best start of his career. Sacrificing some velocity and strikeouts for the sake of improved command and control, he entered tonight’s action with a 2.92 ERA and 67/24 K/BB ratio in 12 starts. He also leads the majors with three shutouts.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    He has been Toronto’s best pitcher this season. Toronto will be careful with him.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Without Morrow, the Blue Jays chances of making the playoffs go from slim, to none.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Left oblique strain. Day to day.

  4. natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Got home from work in the bottom of the 2nd, Nats leading 2-1. Thought, at least Morrow isn’t getting another shutout tonight.

    Top of the 3rd, noticed someone named Beck is pitching. Who he?

    Tough break for the Beaver Landers. Morrow was finally reaching his potential. Official announcement was left oblique. The oblique epidemic claims another victim.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Beck was the closer in Triple A Las Vegas. His ERA was below 2.00. I am surprised that he had been left in the game as long as he has; however, someone has to suck it up and pitch.

      Strange injury to Bernadina. He did not have to slide, but did so and injured himself.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        Yup. Just hope nothing is torn in the knee. The Nats’ run of injuries continues.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

        Bernardina said to have a right hamstring strain. Not good, but it could have been worse.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    take all the time you want Brandon cause it really doesnt matter cause the ship is sinking again

    • 32bigg - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      You seems to wish you were a movie character from the ’70s. You must be cool.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

        cool is a understatement, im better then cool

  6. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    David Robertson, in the Yankees pen, is currently on the DL for the same injury. It’s been a month. The key isn’t going to be when Morrow feels better, but when he actually is better.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    If Morrow ends up on the DL, expect Brett Cecil to be called up to pitch on Sunday.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      he still plays? GOOD!

  8. randygnyc - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Morrow’s injury is substantial. I’d be surprised to see him back before August 1st.

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