Brandon Morrow rejoins the Blue Jays as a reliever

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Out since May with a torn tendon in his finger, oft-injured right-hander Brandon Morrow is off the disabled list and has rejoined the Blue Jays. And it’ll be as a reliever.

Morrow has been exclusively a starter for Toronto since 2010, including what looked at the time like a breakout season as a starter in 2012, but he’s been injured and effective of late and the Blue Jays are hoping a bullpen role can keep him healthier.

Morrow began his career as a reliever for the Mariners, totaling 16 saves, but Seattle traded him to Toronto in December of 2009. If he’s healthy and still has his mid-90s fastball relief work could certainly suit Morrow well at this point in his career, but … who knows.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.