Padres starter Brandon Morrow was slated to make his final rehab start on Sunday for San Diego affiliate Double-A San Antonio, but things did not go according to plan. Morrow’s rough start was made worse after the righty apparently re-aggraveted his ailing shoulder.
Morrow was hit hard and often by the Royals Double-A affiliate, Northwest Arkansas Naturals. At one point in the second inning the Naturals stringed together five hits in a row, three of which were doubles. Morrow’s day would not last much longer. Two outs into the third inning the San Antonio Missions manager and trainer came out to the mound. Morrow’s day was done after just 2.2 IP. He allowed 3 earned runs on 8 hits, struck out 3 and walked one.
Early word in the press box was shoulder soreness. This is the last thing the Padres wanted to hear. Morrow had been in San Antonio rehabbing the same shoulder that placed him on the DL in early May.
During his last outing Morrow’s pitch count was limited to just 60 pitches. He made the most of them and tossed four scoreless innings. Today he was expected to throw around 75 pitches as a final tune-up before joining the Padres. However, today’s news appears to have thrown a wrench into those plans.
Next order of business for the 30-year-old pitcher will be to rest. Morrow has had an injury plagued career and San Diego will definitely want to take it easy with him. It would be hard to imagine Morrow not making another rehab start or two before facing Major League hitters.