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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Blue Jays Injury Update: Brett Cecil, Brandon Morrow

By on 6/29/2014 04:25:00 PM

Looking to upgrade their pitching, the Toronto Blue Jays could soon have two important players return from injury.

Barry Davis of Sportsnet.Ca reports that reliever Brett Cecil will head to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday before rejoining Toronto at the start of a critical four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Brandon Morrow is making progress towards returning a finger injury and hopes to return to the rotation in early August, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as "Brett Cecil") [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Cecil had been dealing with a lingering left groin injury for some time before finally being placed on the disabled list on June 19. He has had an interesting 2014 season, ranking near the top of the American League among relievers in both strikeout rate and walk rate.

With Steve Delebar demoted and struggling following an All-Star 2013 season, Toronto has been looking for stability in the bullpen ahead of outstanding closer Casey Janssen. The Blue Jays will hope Cecil’s command will return after fully recovering from the injury.

Morrow has tremendous potential, but much of his career has been marred by injury. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a torn tendon in his right index finger on after May 3 after making six starts this season.

While Morrow has targeted the first week of August, he told Nicholson-Smith that the date could be flexible.

Tentatively, real tentatively, I guess first week of August for getting back in games would seem about right. But based on how I’m doing, that could move up a few days or a week or maybe be pushed back a few days or a week. 

The first-place Blue Jays need a rotation upgrade, whether it is Morrow or a deadline acquisition. Morrow could replace J.A. Happ or rookie Marcus Stroman should the team have him on an innings limit.  

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