It’s taken more than two months, but Morrow is now healthy and ready to return to the Toronto rotation. Gregor Chisholm:
Morrow is set to face the Orioles in his first appearance since straining his left oblique muscle on June 11 in Toronto. It’s another welcome addition for the Blue Jays, who get back their best pitcher in the same series their top hitter, Jose Bautista, also returned from a prolonged absence.
"It has been a lot longer than I would have hoped, but it was one of those injuries that you had to play it by ear until you’re feeling good and strong," said Morrow, who is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts this season. "I’m feeling good and strong now, got all my work in during my rehab assignment and I’m ready to go."
The Blue Jays suffered a rash of pitching-staff injuries in June, losing starters Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison for the season, in addition to Morrow. They’ll be glad to get one of them back.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow was removed after throwing nine pitches on Monday, and while initial word was that he'd hurt his side, of course what that meant was that he'd hurt his oblique.
The initial word on Morrow's hurt oblique was that he was day-to-day, but of course oblique injuries are never day-to-day, as they require some weeks of recovery.
So in unsurprising news, Brandon Morrow is off to the disabled list with a strained oblique:
.@2Morrow23 Update- Tests confirmed a left oblique strain. He will be placed on DL tomorrow.
There is no timetable at present, but these things typically don't resolve themselves in the minimum 15 days. And teams and pitchers have to be careful, because oblique injuries can be aggravated if they aren't managed with caution.
Morrow is likely to be replaced in the rotation by Jesse Chavez, although Brett Cecil has some outside chance. Chavez has been very effective with triple-A Las Vegas, working as a starter for the first time since 2004. Over 144 big-league innings in relief, he owns a 78 ERA+ and a high home-run rate. As for Morrow, he leaves strong numbers, and hopes to return to them before too long.