Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres starter Brandon Morrow has elected to undergo surgery on his right shoulder, a procedure which will end his season. Morrow met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache earlier this week and was diagnosed with an impingement in his shoulder, the same diagnosis he got from Dr. Heinz Hoenecke previously.
Morrow, 31, made only five starts for the Padres this season, compiling a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the club in December. His next contract will likely be of the minor league variety. Morrow has made 20-plus starts in a season only three times since debuting in 2007.
Brandon Morrow, whose career has repeatedly been derailed by injuries, is now facing season-ending shoulder surgery after making just five starts for the Padres.
It’s a shame, because Morrow signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Padres and pitched well in those five starts with a 2.73 ERA and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings. However, he’s been sidelined since early May and had to halt his minor-league rehab assignment last week due to discomfort.
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports Morrow is still deciding between the rest-and-rehab route or surgery that carries a 3-4 month recovery timetable.
Morrow was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft and has electric raw stuff when healthy, but he hasn’t topped 100 innings in a season since 2012 and has topped 150 innings in a season just once through age 30.
Padres pitcher Brandon Morrow will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache this week to get a second opinion on his right shoulder. He felt shoulder discomfort and was scratched from Thursday’s rehab start with Triple-A El Paso.
Morrow, 31, has made only 21 starts over the last three seasons, as he’s been unable to stay healthy. The Padres took a gamble, signing him to a one-year, $2.5 million contract in December, but it didn’t work out. Morrow did pitch well in five starts, posting a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings.