Brandon Morrow

Oft-injured Brandon Morrow likely needs shoulder surgery

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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.