Sorry for the brief post, but it came from the blackberry. And I also had to go to the A's clubhouse before I head back to Tacoma for the Rainiers.
As I mentioned earlier, Brandon Morrow has been placed on the disabled list with biceps tendonitis. The injury is retroactive to April 24th and means he's eligible to come off the DL on May 9th. Denny Stark has been called up and according to manager Don Wakamatsu will be used in the 5th to 7th inning range.
As expected, David Aardsma will step in and fill the closer's role for the time being and Shawn Kelley will most likely be used as the eighth inning set-up man.
Morrow wasn't pleased about going on the disabled list and thinks he can pitch.
"I didn't want to go on the disabled list," he said. "I told them I'm ready to pitch. We argued, they won the argument."
"We talked about it last night, and the decision was made before I got here this morning," he said. "It started last night because I asked why I hadn't been called upon.
As for his side of the argument, Morrow pointed to having the same issue last season.
"My argument was that I went through this last year, and after four or five days I was fine for the rest of the year," he said. "What they're doing is for my safety, I understand that. But I'm frustrated. I haven't been out there in a week, I don't feel it at all."
When asked if he was angry, Morrow said: "I'm not angry. I'm not injured. I came to the park today ready to pitch, and now I'm on the DL."
Wakamatsu offered these thoughts ...
"We had talked to him about being available," Wakamatsu said. "But it's kind of at that point where if we are little bit proactive we can allow him probably seven or eight days ... where we can kind of control it a little bit more. It was the best move for Brandon and the best move for the club."
Morrow will throw a bullpen today and the Mariners will see how he reacts tomorrow and if it goes well, he'll throw bullpens every other day till he's eligible to come off.