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Brandon Morrow scratched from Sunday start due to neck and back stiffness

May 11, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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Brandon Morrow has already been pushed back once this week due to neck and back stiffness, but now the Blue Jays have scratched him Sunday’s scheduled start against the Red Sox. Chad Jenkins, who was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take Rajai Davis‘ spot on the roster, will make the start in his place.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the decision was made after Morrow played catch this morning with pitching coach Pete Walker. He underwent an MRI yesterday which revealed no structural damage, so the hope is that he’ll be ready to go Wednesday against the Giants.

“At this point it looks like I’m probably going to go Wednesday,” he said. “I came in this morning with the intention of pitching tomorrow but throwing, everything felt OK, I could go out there and pitch, but I don’t think it would be real effective. …

“It’s a big difference from just feeling good walking around, to throwing a baseball.”

Morrow is off to a disappointing start this season, posting a 4.69 ERA and 34/17 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings over seven starts. Toronto’s starters are 29th in the majors this season with a 5.66 ERA. Only the Astros (5.99 ERA) have been worse.

  1. bluenoser23 - May 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Last year’s nightmare has spilled over to this year…..it’s just a much more expensive one this time around. I can’t remember a team with such high expectations tanking so quickly and decisively….the season is lost already. Easily the most disappointing season in Blue Jay history bar none. As Morgan Freeman once said: “Hope is a dangerous thing”. The Jays better stick with the usual script next year….no expectations and then nobody gets hurt.

    • indaburg - May 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      “I can’t remember a team with such high expectations tanking so quickly and decisively”… I have the Angels holding on line two.

      I hear you though. This is a nightmare season and hope is a dangerous emotion. Whoever is sticking the pins into effigies of your boys needs to be stopped (I’m looking at you, dirtyharry).

  2. cur68 - May 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    /sobbing

    • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Do they pass out tissues at games, I wonder.

      • cur68 - May 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        paper bags to put over our heads

  3. proudlycanadian - May 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Chad Jenkins gets the call tomorrow. He had a shoulder problem in the spring and has had only one 5 inning start this season. His last start for the Jays in September was impressive. Buehrle has to give the team innings today because the pen will be active tomorrow. The Jays do get Monday and Thursday off next week, so the pitchers can get a rest.

    • proudlycanadian - May 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      As hoped for, Buehrle got the job done today. Seven strong innings followed by Oliver and Janssen’s 10th save. Boston’s current closer (Tazawa) took the loss. Toronto’s pen is rested for tomorrow’s game. Mighty Casey has only given up 1 earned run all season. He will be available tomorrow.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        oh wow Buehrle pitched a good game today!! WOW!!! im so impressed!! Jays should just mail in the rest of the season and so should you proudly, they are toast!!!

  4. randygnyc - May 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    And the dodgers are holding, except they’re on the bat phone.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - May 12, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    morrow is always hurt too, what else is new? just the latest bluejay bust

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