Injury Report – Morrow, Santos, Lawrie

Here’s a bit of insight into how a few of our boys are progressing with rehab:

Brandon Morrow – He threw 25 pitches during a side session on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw again on Friday.  Morrow has been on the DL since May 28 because of soreness in his right forearm.  At first, the Jays thought Morrow would only require the minimum 15 days off but it now looks like he won’t be able to rejoin the team until sometime in August (big surprise).  The Jays want Morrow, 28, to make at least 3 rehab starts and there is still no timetable of when he’ll make his first of the three.  After his session of Friday, we could hear more.  Stay tuned.

Sergio Santos –  He has been making appearances in single-A but has not been able to pitch on back-to-back days – something the Jays say is a must before he rejoins the team.  Arguably the biggest offseason acquisition two years ago, Santos has only pitched in 11 games for the Jays and has lost his closer role.  The surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow appears to have been successful and Santos is optimistic that he’ll be able to return shortly after the allstar break (although this is the same Santos that said he wouldn’t have to go on the DL – twice).

Brett Lawrie – He was promoted from double-A to triple-A and played for Buffalo last night going 2-4 with a homer, 3 RBI, and a stolen base.  During 3 games in double-A, Lawrie went 3 – 9 with four walks.  Interestingly, the Jays had Lawrie play 2B last night in triple-A, not his usually 3B.  To me, it seems unlikely that Lawrie will move to 2B unless the Jays acquire another player to play 3B.  It makes more sense to have current fill-in, Maicer Izturis, play 2B.  I suppose you could have Edwin Encarnacion play 3B and move Lawrie to 2B, but that leave Adam Lind at 1B with no power DH bat.  Perhaps this is just a move to see what Lawrie looks like for when the Jays play interleague and lose the DH.  In that case, it would make sense to get Lawrie some reps at 2B.  The 23-year-old is recovering from an ankle sprain and could rejoin the team at anytime.  The Jays simply want to make sure Lawrie’s timing at the plate is back and not rush him.  If he has another solid offensive performance in his next triple-A game, I imagine the Jays will immediately move him to the big club and cut Munenori Kawasaki.     










    • IHRTBJs

      I complete agree; Santos has been a complete bust. But he is under contract next season fro $3.75 million with club options for 2015 – 2017. The Jays will want to know what he has left in the arm before making any decision on those options and my guess it would take a full, healthy season from him before they would make any decisions. He is also now prescribing to the Jamie Evans velocity program that has turned things around for Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil and, in a sample size, Dustin McGowan. The hope is this program will strengthen the arm, avoid further injury, and allow Santos to do what he does best – strike people out. I really doubt the Jays are in a hurry to have him back though. With the bullpen performing so well, Santos’ rehab could be “extended” by the club.

      • giffer2013

        Nicely argued. You can never have enough pitchers in your bullpen but right now Santos doesn’t seem ready. McGowan seems to have put it together, though I worry about his longevity. Every injury could be his last. I’ve never seen a pitcher with as much drive as he has to come back from an injury and the Jays seem to have his back. I’m rambling here, but distracted by watching Masterson cut the Jays down with his slider. I love to hate this guy.

    • IHRTBJs

      That would be a terrible idea. Cecil is basically a two-pitch guy now (fastball, curveball). He is successful in the ‘pen for a reason. If it ain’t broke…

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