A misunderstood question and an answer from Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu has led to some rather wild speculation and even a little unjustified criticism about the handling of Brandon Morrow.
Asked about Morrow starting or relieving, Wakamatsu said the young right-hander would pitch out of the bullpen behind either Ryan Rowland-Smith or Erik Bedard next week, to slowly bring Morrow along before sticking him back in the rotation.
There was a followup question about whether there was the temptation to use Morrow out of the bullpen as opening day drew near.
"I think it's going to come down to that last week and how much he progresses," Wakamatsu said. "If we can continue to start him or not, we'll make that decision at that point."
Almost immediately, there were a few endless blog entries strafing the team for not following through on its promise to give Morrow the chance to start.
Stop the hand-wringing.
"I must have misunderstood the question, because Brandon is going to start the season in the rotation - either ours or somewhere in the minors until we can build up his pitch count," Wakamatsu said. "I was talking about him starting or coming out of the bullpen that last week of spring, not once the season began.
"There's absolutely no consideration of Brandon starting the season in our bullpen. If that was the impression I gave, it was my mistake."
That, of course, is one of the dangers in trying to blog first and think later. When in doubt down here, it's easy enough to simply ask the manager for clarification.
Some folks would rather blog first and get the facts later.