Brandon Morrow gets eight days off after 137-pitch outing

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Doing their best to take care of a young starter who was just extended far beyond his usual limits, the Blue Jays have pushed Brandon Morrow’s next outing back to Aug. 17, meaning he’ll work on eight days’ rest.
Morrow threw a career-high 137 pitches in his brilliant one-hitter Sunday against the Rays.
To help out, the Blue Jays will recall Marc Rzepczynski to start Friday in Morrow’s spot. Brad Mills will be sent down after he pitches Thursday, though he figures to rejoin the rotation later this month.
Going into Sunday, Morrow’s career high for pitches was 116, which came against the Yankees back on July 4.
The Blue Jays will probably be careful with Morrow in September, too. The 26-year-old former reliever is currently up to 127 1/3 innings. He threw 124 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors last year, and the Blue Jays probably won’t want him go much higher than 160 this year. That could lead to him being shut down for the final two or three weeks.

Adrian Gonzalez might retire after his contract is up if his back isn’t any better

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Despite dealing with back trouble for five years, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers recently made his first ever trip to the disabled list. Then he made another trip there. All of it has him contemplating his future. As he tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, his baseball future may be a short one if his health doesn’t improve:

“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.

“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”

Backs are one of those things that don’t get better as you get older. At least not without a lot of work and effort and good luck. Gonzalez is 35 now, so he’ll need all of that to keep playing beyond his current deal.

The Cubs send Kyle Schwarber to the minors

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Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.

Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.

Now this:

The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.