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.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).