Jays' Morrow ready to go

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

Brandon Morrow makes his season debut Saturday. Question is, who shows up? The guy who was 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA from July 17 to the end of last season, or the Morrow who is coming off a rehabilitation stint in Florida where he compiled a 7.71 ERA.

"I felt good. On paper the results weren't great but I improved each time out," he said Friday. "It's like spring training stats; you're just looking at how the ball is coming out of your hand."

Morrow went on the DL April 20 with tightness in his right forearm. "It was sore but it wasn't a biting pain. I haven't had any problems since the day before I went on the DL. It's been fine for a month."

In three games with Dunedin, opponents batted .310.

"It's almost like throwing bullpen with guys in the box and sometimes they jump on pitches when you're working on a lot of fastballs."

Manager John Farrell said he won't be on a specific pitch count. Morrow was up to 80 pitches in his final start with Dunedin.

IN TANDEM

Jose Molina will be back behind the plate Saturday. He's been Morrow's personal catcher since last year and now also has developed a solid relationship with Kyle Drabek. Meantime J.P. Arencibia was in the lineup Friday with Jo Jo Reyes on the mound and is projected to play three out of five games.

"Long before the personal catcher I view it as a two-man position. That's not to take away from the abilities of one or the other," said Farrell, who believes it keeps catchers fresher and stronger if they share the job.

A HILL TOO FAR?

2B Aaron Hill (left hamstring strain) remains day to day and the club will decide, likely Sunday, whether to place him on the disabled list. "If there's improvement we stay the course but if we feel it's just plateauing we have to do what's best for him," said Farrell.

Chris Woodward has been called up from Las Vegas but Jayson Nix started in Hill's spot Friday. "The question that we debate is to what level does he re-injure it if he goes back out there?" general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "Can he play and continue to slowly heal? Is the best thing to go on the DL and just let it heal completely if it can? Those are the things we weigh and it changes day to day."


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