DUNEDIN, Fla. — “It sucks.”
That was the initial reaction of Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow regarding the news that because of inflammation of a flexor muscle, he was not going to make his start April 2 against the Minnesota Twins and instead would open the season on the disabled list.
It sucked for Morrow for two reasons: (A) That the elbow area was inflamed and (B) That the Jays would choose to place him on the DL.
Morrows’ initial thoughts were that the Jays would give him a few days rest, have him miss his scheduled start in a minor-league game on Wednesday and then have him start next Monday in his final spring training tuneup.
But now that’s all gone with the wind and the hope is that Morrow will miss just the one start and be good to go April 8 in Anaheim against the Angels.
“I was a little tight after my bullpen session and I was being safe and let them know about it,” Morrow said. “It sucks because I think I can go. I didn’t think that we needed a DL stint.
“It feels fine but that’s not what they’re going off of.”
Morrow never thought that by being honest it would end up costing him a start.
“I was surprised because I didn’t think we’d need to go on the DL, that’s for sure,” he said. “I thought maybe we’d take a couple of days, throw a bullpen, then make my scheduled start on Monday.
“I mean my elbow feels all right. I have full extension. It doesn’t bother me at all or anything. They’re just going off what the MRI said.”
He was asked if he’s had a similar problem in the past.
“I think everybody’s had elbow tightness,” he said. “Sure I’ve had elbow tightness before. It’s never turned into anything serious.”
The hope is that neither does this setback.