Mariners pitcher Brandon Morrow, who has looked sharp his last few outings down at Class AAA, will be one of a handful of players called up by the team when rosters expand in September. Exactly when he’ll be up, or how many starts he’ll have, is still not known.
No word yet on who the others will be, but manager Don Wakamatsu cautioned today that the number won’t be much higher than three or four. Wakamatsu will also be adding pitcher Carlos Silva to the roster at some point next month. Silva threw a 64-pitch bullpen session today, felt good, and now will likely throw again in expanded fashion on Wednesday.
The team wants to see how he feels tomorrow, but it looks like he could have a simulated game on Wednesday, then head out for an abbreviated minor league rehabilitation assignment before being added to the Mariners bullpen.
“With Morrow coming in and that being a need, I think we’re probably looking at Silva starting out of the bullpen,” Wakamatsu said. “We don’t know if he’ll be able to start, but we did talk about some winter ball things with him also.”
As for Morrow, who you can see, in the photo above, is an avid reader of this blog, the idea is to get him back up here starting in what could be a six-man rotation. There are a bunch of Monday off-days coming up, so the ability to use six starting pitchers would be enhanced. But there is still no definitive word on that.
We’ve taked about trying to keep him in that starting role,” Wakamatsu said of Morrow. “And with every Monday off, you could go to a six-man rotation. But then you’re going to have to see where we’re at and what we’re going to want to do with Felix (Hernandez) and who’s going to come out of the rotation. That’s a good problem to have, we’ve always said that.
“But we would still like to see him (Morrow) as a starter. And again, to find out, we’d like to get him up here and give him an opportunity before the year’s out, so we can make some adjustments, too, for next year.”