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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow fully recovered from nerve entrapment

By on 12/31/2013 10:30:00 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays would admit that they had a disappointing 2013 season, and losing one of their best pitchers did not help. Starter Brandon Morrow went down for the season after his last outing on May 28 due to a radial nerve entrapment, which is a pinched nerve in the elbow. The entrapment disabled him immediately, and the Blue Jays shut him down in August. He was just 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 10 starts at the time. The Toronto Star reported on New Year's Eve that Morrow is now "fully recovered" from the nerve injury and should report to Spring Training on time and healthy.

Morrow was starting to show the promise that the Blue Jays expected when they traded for him in December of 2009. In 2012, Morrow was 10-7 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.115 WHIP in 21 starts. He spent 74 days on the disabled list from mid-June to late-August because of a strained left oblique but continued his strong season when he returned.

On the New Year's Eve rebroadcast of MLB Tonight, MLB Network analyst Joel Sherman said that Morrow tried to implement a split-finger fastball during Spring Training 2013, and that may have helped lead to his elbow problems. Sherman also said that Morrow threw a simulated game in November at 100% force, using all of his pitches. The team "felt great" about the way Morrow threw, and Morrow did not experience any pain or discomfort from the effort.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is very encouraged about Morrow's recovery: "We feel very confident that he's fine and he's good to go." He is also optimisitc about some of the other young and injured Blue Jays starters such as Drew Hutchinson, who missed much of 2012 and all of 2013 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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