Friday, August 1, 2014

Jays lose to Pirates

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Brandon Morrow allowed five runs and six hits over three innings in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday.
Morrow was making his second appearance since a season-ending forearm injury last May.

On Feb. 28, the right-hander gave up just two hits and one run in two relief innings.
“The important thing, I felt good again,” Morrow said. “Forearm is feeling really good.
“I felt loose again,” he noted. “I felt good with my breaking stuff.
“Fastball command kind of put me in a hole a couple times.”
Morrow struck out two, walked one, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch.
“He’s big,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
“In a lot of ways he’s probably the most important guy because we expected a lot out of him last year.
“He’s got as good an arm as anybody,” Gibbons added. “When he’s on, when he’s healthy, he’s been a good big-league pitcher.
“If he can fill that void, bounce back, and have a full season out there where he doesn’t go on the DL and you get his 30-plus starts, that will be big for us.”
Travis Snider had a first-inning RBI single and a two-run homer in the third off Morrow.
Snider spent time on the disabled list last season with a left big toe injury.
“Travis worked extremely hard this winter,” noted Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle. “He’s moving so much better.
“Now that’s he healthy and physically ready to go, we’ll see where he can take us.”
Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run double for the Jays.
Mark Buehrle will go against Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole when the two teams play again today in Bradenton.
On the injury front, Jays’ closer Casey Janssen, out with a sore right shoulder, played catch for the second-straight day.
Outfielder Colby Rasmus, meanwhile, sat out his fourth-consecutive game due to a stiff neck.
In other news, the Jays sent right-hander Tomo Ohka, left-hander Juan Perez, and catchers Derrick Chung and Jack Murphy to their minor-league camp this week.

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