Michael Kohn shut down after setback with forearm injury

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Michael Kohn has been shut down after experiencing a setback with his forearm injury and the Angels reliever is scheduled for a visit with Dr. James Andrews tomorrow.

Kohn was initially shut down during spring training, but attempted to resume throwing after an MRI exam showed only a strained flexor tendon. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that he advanced only to playing catch before the discomfort returned, at which point the Angels shut him down again and called Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.

Obviously it just seems like every single pitcher who visits Dr. Andrews ends up needing surgery–there are at least some who avoid going under the knife–but it’s certainly not good news for the hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander who has a 3.32 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 76 innings at Triple-A.

Kendrys Morales pitched a scoreless inning Sunday

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Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.

Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.

Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.

On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.