Morrow heading to DL

Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (left) leaves Monday's game with an injury beside manager...

Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (left) leaves Monday's game with an injury beside manager John Farrell (right) at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)

CAITLYN HOLROYD, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

TORONTO - The Blue Jays pitching rotation took a major blow — if just for the short-term — on Tuesday with the announcement that Brandon Morrow is headed to the disabled list.

The right-hander left Toronto’s 6-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday in the first inning after throwing just nine pitches. Tests conducted on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the original diagnosis of a strained left oblique muscle and eliminated the possibility of there being any fractures to his ribcage. However, manager John Farrell said there still is no projected date on when Morrow will be able to return to the lineup.

“At this point, there’s really no change towards what our projection is, which I don’t even know that we have an end date in mind right now. It’s probably too early to determine. As sore as he showed up to the ball park today, there’s some significant discomfort,” he said Tuesday after the Blue Jays lost 4-2 to Washington.

Morrow — who had been scheduled to pitch on Sunday — has been the Jays’ best starter this season with a record of 7-4 and a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts. Toronto will make a corresponding move to replace Morrow on the 25-man roster and Farrell expects that the team will make a decision on who to call-up on Thursday.

“We’ll have a better idea on that as the candidates not only get through their next start but as we look to make that selection on who that would be. We have not eliminated anybody in that, we have no pin-pointed anyone so we’ll take the guy that’s throwing the ball the best,” he said.


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