August 11, 2009 at 5:02 PM
“Yes, absolutely. We talked earlier, we expect to get him back up here at some point in the year, and I think it is critical he does do that, and prove not only to us, but himself, he’s ready to come back and pitch. It’s similar to what we did with (Ryan) Rowland-Smith”
Considering that the Mariners’ rotation at the moment is in such flux, it would be a huge boast for them to have a resurgent Morrow back in there at some point.”
“The preliminary talk is it’s not a very invasive or very dramatic surgery, if it had to be (operated on),” Wakamatsu said.
On whether they believe they’re legitimate contenders, he said, “I think one thing we’ve established this year, we’ve beaten some pretty good teams, and that gives us a belief system — we’ve got a chance. The rest — the starting pitching is going to be critical. Our bullpen has done a phenomenal job. We have a lot of belief system in the back end of it. If we can get some innings out of those guys (starters), it puts us back in that situation where we’re playing one-run ball games.
“I’d like to see the offense continue. There’s no secret. The secret, in a sense, is that we’ve been able to get the pitch counts up. If we can do that against whoever it is, we have a chance. We did that against Halladay a while back, we did it against Kazmir. We did it last night.
“It’s something Rob’s had on and off. It’s not something that all of a sudden popped in there and is a problem. He should be in there tomorrow. I told him I’d give him one more day. Plus I think it’s healthy for a club, Johjima has played well.”
“I think he called (Ken) Griffey and asked Griffey to get him out of it,” Wakamatsu said. “I think they probably charged him double.”