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March 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Brandon Morrow still having arm issues

Just talked to a glum Brandon Morrow, whose 25-pitch bullpen session didn’t go as well as he had hoped. He’s still experiencing tightness in his right forearm, and said he won’t be making his start against the Cubs on Friday, as had been hoped. Morrow has already missed one turn since the club shut him down last week.
“It didn’t feel as good as I thought it would,” Morrow said. “It felt better than it did last week, but it’s just frustrating it didn’t feel as good as I had hoped.”
Morrow threw just fastballs and changeups. The tightness, which has been pinpointed to the flexor bundle and not the elbow — that’s good news — manifests itself mostly on changeups, he said.
Morrow doesn’t know what his next step will be. The medical staff and Mariners’ executives are discussing that. He’s still hoping that it’s just normal spring training tightness and not a major setback.
“I mean, I don’t know what else to say,” he said. “That’s what they’ve said, and that’s what it feels like — tight muscles. Inflamed, and tight.”
It first cropped up “a couple of weeks ago,” Morrow said. “It started getting tight. I can get heated and get it loose, and do my normal stuff and feel fine. It’s just that bullpen last week stopped me short, and today didn’t feel as good as I would have liked. We don’t want to go forward if there’s still a little tightness there.
“It is better than last week. I wasn’t trying to push it or anything, but there is tightness there, and that’s frustrating.”
Morrow is projected as one of the Mariners’ five starters. Asked if this setback could change his role — he had a stint as closer last year — Morrow replied, “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.”

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