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.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.