Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/31/12

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow said he went into Wednesday's start against the Baltimore Orioles with a chip on his shoulder.

He left with a bruise on his right shin after being hit by a comebacker, and he was thankful it wasn't worse.

Morrow picked up the win as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep by defeating the Orioles 4-1 on four solo home runs.

In a 14-3 loss to the Texas Rangers last Friday, Morrow allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning, the shortest start of his career.

"I came in the game with a little chip on my shoulder after the last time," Morrow said. "And then of course we needed this one to sweep them to get back in the race."

He was assisted from the field, not putting an weight on his right foot, after Wilson Betemit's shot hit him on the leg.

"It hurt a lot," Morrow said. "My foot was numb and then felt like it was swelling up. I guess there's a nerve in there that it hit or something.

"We had that happen here just a few weeks ago with Jeff Niemann (of Tampa Bay, who suffered a broken fibula when hit by a drive), that's what I was thinking on the way off. It hurt a lot. It's feeling a lot better now. I think the X-rays coming back negative make it feel a lot better."

Morrow is scheduled to start again next Wednesday with two days off in the schedule before that. He feels he can make that start.

"Fortunately, we were able to, no pun intended, dodge a little bit of a bullet there," manager John Farrell said. "He does have a contusion on the outside of the right shin. X-rays at this point were negative. The fact that he's starting next Wednesday, we'll take advantage of every day available to us in preparation for his next start.

"When he was struck, there is a nerve that runs down into the foot and he couldn't feel his foot, which at the time was alarming to him. The first thought in his mind is the worst, and I think it was for all of us as direct and hard-hit as that ball was. As he got into the clubhouse, he was able to put a little more pressure on it."

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