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Morrow not in Atlanta because of back spasms

Brandon Morrow's locker was conspicuously empty except for a forlorn Mariners hat hanging on a hook. The Mariners hard-throwing reliever and interim closer was still in Seattle battling back spasms.

According to trainer Rick Griffin, the injury could have come from just laying wrong or fatigue.

However the spasms were bad enough that they didn't want Morrow making a cross country flight.

"The worst thing you can do for back spasms is to sit," Griffin said. "so for him to sit four and half to five hours on a plane would be ill-advised."

Manager Jim Riggleman said that Miguel Batista could handle some of the closing duties with everybody else moving up.

Riggleman said that Morrow "really is day-to-day" in his return.