Morrow Feeling Tightness
Larry Stone lets us know that Brandon Morrow has been scratched from his next scheduled start due to some tightness in his forearm. It’s early in spring, and lots of guys deal with stuff while getting ready for the season, so don’t panic. However, the M’s are rightfully going to be very cautious with him – the conversion from the bullpen to the rotation is a taxing one, and they have to be careful not to push his arm too hard.
Stuff like this is why I only expect Morrow to throw between 120-140 innings this year. He’s going to need to be handled differently than the rest of the staff, and when his arm starts feeling things, they’re going to have to let him skip starts. This is why trading for guys like Garrett Olson and Jason Vargas was important – the M’s need to have guys around to take the hill on days when they want to be careful with Morrow’s arm.