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.
Sergio Santos is hoping he’ll be ready to return to the Blue Jays bullpen sometime in July. The Jays, though, will take their time with Santos since they have 8 men in the bullpen all pitching well.
Santos was place on the DL on April 14th with discomfort in his right elbow. After unsuccessful rehab, he underwent minor surgery to have bone chips removed. Santos was scheduled to face live hitters yesterday for the first time since his surgery.
Santos has only played 11 games for the Jays over the past two seasons. This year it has been the elbow; last year it was the shoulder. Due to the injuries, Santos has now agreed to join Steve Delabar, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGown, and Brett Cecil – to name just a few – by implementing a weighted-ball program designed by Blue Jays exclusive consultant, Jamie Evans.
While the program tends to increase velocity, it was actually designed to help avoid injury.
If the Jays bullpen continues to pitch well, don’t expect them to hurry Santos back. He may have some “extended rehab” if you know what I mean.
It appears as if Brett Lawrie is making progress. The Blue Jays’ 3B finally got into some rehab play earlier this week at the single-A level. Lawrie has been out since May 27 with a sprained ankle.
The Jays figure Lawrie will need two weeks of minor league action before rejoining the big club. He’ll likely play a couple games in single-A and then transition to triple-A much like Jose Reyes did during his rehab.
Lawrie got off to a dreadful start after being rushed through a previous rehab assignment to start his season. He hit only .209 in 37 games. The Jays do, however, miss Lawrie’s glove at 3B. And with no Melky Cabrera in the line up (put on DL last Thursday), I’m sure the Jays will welcome the 23-year-old’s bat.