Right-hander Brandon Morrow will take another step forward in his rehabilitation by throwing a side session on Friday, but it seems unlikely that he will be able to return before the middle of August.
Here’s a quick peak at where a couple of our starters sit with respects to their rehab assignments:
Brandon Morrow – He hit the DL on May 28th with soreness in his right forearm and failed miserably during a rehab stint in June and had to shut things down for a while. Morrow threw a side session earlier this week and was schedule to throw another one today. He says he is throwing completely pain free now. Morrow, 28, will have to pitch in a few rehab starts to build up his pitch count and the Jays have announced they are targeting a mid-August return (barring any setbacks). Morrow thinks the forearm issues are related to his cutter – a pitch he developed in Spring Training and used frequently early this season. It’s not uncommon for pitchers to develop forearm inflammation if they throw too many cutters. The question I have is why is Morrow experimenting with a new pitch when he had an ERA under 3.00 last season? If it ain’t broke……
J.A. Happ – The Jays would like Happ to get into his first rehab start this weekend. Happ hasn’t pitched since being hit on the head by a line drive on May 7th. His head injury healed rather quickly but he sprained his knee when he fell to the ground and it’s been nagging ever since. Happ has been throwing bullpen sessions and participating in long toss with the aid of a knee brace, but he hasn’t been able to attempt to field his position so wasn’t pitching in game situations. He recently started sprinting and appears he is ready to go. Happ could be back late July if all goes well.