The Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the regular season due to forearm inflammation. On Thursday, he took a big but shaky step toward returning.
According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Morrow allowed five runs — four earned — over just three innings in a rehab outing at Single-A Dunedin. He struck out only two batters and walked one.
The poor results are somewhat worrisome, but Morrow showed ace-like stuff in the second half of the 2010 season and may have been working out some of his lingering discomfort on the Single-A mound this evening. He’ll get at least one more rehab start to build his arm strength and he should hit the ground running when Toronto finally activates him from the disabled list.
Aaron Gleeman picked Morrow as one of his “breakout picks” of 2011 during spring training.