Jays' Brandon Morrow likely fifth starter

Pitcher Brandon Morrow is likely the Blue Jays' fifth starter in the rotation. (Veronica Henri/QMI...

Pitcher Brandon Morrow is likely the Blue Jays' fifth starter in the rotation. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:58 AM ET

LAKELAND, FLA. - It wasn’t all bleak news on the Blue Jays pitching front.

In Lakeland against the Tigers it was a slaughter. But on a mushy field at the Jays minor-league complex back in Dunedin in an intersquad game, Brandon Morrow and Mark Buehrle were humping it in.

Buehrle is low maintenance and it really doesn’t matter much how he throws during the spring.

Morrow is a different animal and given that he missed most of the 2013 season with a forearm injury he is definitely under the microscope. The last few days there has been a lot of buzz surrounding his name.

As far as just where Morrow will be slotted in the rotation, it seems the Jays have him fifth but hold the right to change their mind.

Part of their reasoning to push him back to No. 5 from No. 2 is how he has pitched this spring. His fastball command had not been sharp and the thinking goes that if he is No. 5 he would get an extra start in Florida if needed.


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