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The Toronto Blue Jays are well on their way towards breaking last season's franchise record of 34 pitchers used, as Saturday brought the news that they would need another pitcher to make Brandon Morrow's scheduled start on Sunday.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.com, Morrow's neck and back stiffness continues to bother him and while playing catch on Saturday morning, he realised he would not be ready to go tomorrow. The Blue Jays are now planning to start Morrow on Wednesday instead. Morrow said that it made sense to push his start back again because he hadn't 'done anything' since Tuesday:
“That was another thing why pushing back to Wednesday makes sense. I really haven’t even moved since Tuesday. It’s just been coming in for treatment, sit down, watch the game and then go back and lie down. I haven’t played catch, I haven’t run, I haven’t really done anything.”
Toronto had already pushed back this start once, as Morrow was scheduled to start Friday before experiencing back spasms during a bullpen session on Tuesday. The Jays still appear to be convinced that Morrow does not need a trip to the DL, but Morrow's comments indicated he was still not able to get comfortable when throwing:
The injury, he said, started “more mid-back, it wasn’t lower,” and “it felt like I had a broomstick down my back when I was throwing. I rely a little bit more on rotation than a lot of guys in my mechanics. It just wasn’t working right.”
Starting in Morrow's place will be 25-year-old Chad Jenkins. Davidi pointed out that the Jays could easily break the franchise record they set last year for pitchers used, as Jenkins will be their 9th different starter and 22nd pitcher used overall in the 2013 season. Jenkins did not have a particularly effective season at Double-A New Hampshire in 2012, recording a 4.96 ERA and a strikeout-walk ratio of just 1.84 over 114.1 innings.
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