Brandon Morrow certainly isn’t happy about being sent down to Class AAA. But he’s trying to be understanding about it and the team’s need for a roster spot even though he’s a tad irked.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with yesterday,” Morrow said. “Four out of the five innings were good and I think that if I’d kept going I definitely would have gotten through six and probably could have gotten through seven.”
So, what does the team want him doing in Tacoma that he can’t do here?
“Throwing off-speed stuff for strikes,” he said. “Getting my curveball over to slow guys down so I have a little more back and forth action.”
Morrow did note that last night was the first time he truly paid for a home run ball, giving up a crucial three-run shot rather than the solo blasts he’d been yielding. When he was asked whether he’d prefer to remain in Class AAA to refine his repertoire, Morrow looked as if someone had justy accused him of shoplifting.
“Why would I want to do that?” he asked.
Later, he added; “I want to be back as soon as I can and hope to do that.”
While he says he doesn’t think last night’s performance had anything to do with it, his words after the game did make an impact on manager Don Wakamatsu. The words about how he didn’t throw any curveballs because none were called for and he didn’t shake off catcher Kenji Johjima.
Wakamatsu was asked where he felt Morrow was at as a pitcher when it comes to dictating his own game and knowing how to call off a catcher and make the pitches he needs.
“I think that’s one of the main reasons why we’re sending him down,” Wakamatsu said. “He’d made a comment yesterday a little bit about ‘Well, maybe Joh didn’t call the curveball enough’. And I’ve said since Day One of spring training that ‘You have the ability as a pitcher to call pitches and you’re responsible as much as anybody else out there to be able to dictate that’. We went in yesterday with a game plan of using that breaking ball a little bit more. And whether he didn’t feel like he had the feel of it or whether Joh didn’t call it, I still put the onus on the pitcher as much as anybody else.”
Jack Hannahan finally arrived and took some grounders at fthird base. He then went in to hit in an indoor cage. He didn’t think there’s be much of a learning curve for him as far as getting to know how this team does things.
“Not much,” he said, “I’ve played against a lot of these guys and I know some of them. I’ll just come in, mesh in and just try to help out wherever I can.”
Hannahan knows Wakamatsu and bench coach Ty Van Burkleo from last season when they were on Oakland’s coaching staff. Hew was asked what that was like.
“Oh, awesome,” he said. “They know so much about baseball. But more importantly, it was great coming to the park and seeing them every day.”
Hannahan admitted to being surprised the A’s traded him to a division rival.
“Yeah, I’m actually excited,” he said. “Yeah, it will be fun, getting back and facing the A’s.”