Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow exits with forearm tightness

Toronto Blue Jays right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Morrow exited today's start against the Atlanta Braves after experiencing tightness in his forearm, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

Morrow only made it through two innings prior to being removed by the Jays. He surrendered four runs on four hits with two strikeouts while laboring through 47 pitches. His velocity was noticeably down, which is always an alarming sign. Only three of his pitches were north of 90 mph, while Morrow's fastball usually sits in the mid-90s.

At this point, the Blue Jays are characterizing the injury as minor soreness, and they said Morrow is expected to make his next start -- which is set for Sunday against the San Diego Padres. This could certainly happen, but the situation will be something to monitor considering the noted drop in velocity and forearm tightness.

Prior to today's start, Morrow was off to a rough start to the season. Over his first nine appearances, the 28-year-old posted an ERA and WHIP of 5.50 and 1.471 over 52 1/3 innings.



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