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Once healthy, Brandon Morrow will likely rejoin the Blue Jays as a reliever

Jul 29, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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Brandon Morrow was one of the league’s best starters in 2012, but he’s been an injured mess since then, including a current disabled list stint for a torn tendon in his right index finger. And now whenever he does come back to the Blue Jays, it’ll probably be as a reliever.

Morrow actually began his MLB career as a reliever for the Mariners and even got a brief crack at the closing gig, but he’s been exclusively a starter since a trade to the Blue Jays in 2010.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com describes Morrow’s current rehab status as “like starting spring training all over again” and he’s yet to be cleared for more than bullpen sessions, so by bringing him back as a reliever the Blue Jays would lessen the time needed to build up arm strength and perhaps keep him healthier with a limited workload.

Toss in Morrow’s mid-90s fastball and career-long control problems and transitioning to the bullpen could make a lot of sense, but at this point it’s tough to predict what type of pitcher he’ll return as since he hasn’t been healthy and effective in so long.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Nobody knows when he will be ready. As of now he is not needed in the rotation; however that could change if there is an injury to one of the current starters.

  2. evermench - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Proudly do you ever say anything of substance? All you ever seem to do is state the obvious.

    • nbjays - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      “anything of substance”? You mean like this erudite post of yours?

  3. geoknows - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Brandon Morrow missed over a third of the season in 2012 with a strained oblique, so he was also an injured mess that year. While he was pretty good when available, missing that much time disqualifies him from being “one of the league’s best starters.”

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