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Tightness could push Morrow out of the rotation

Just talked to Brandon Morrow, and the news isn't good.

A tight right forearm he first felt two weeks ago - and that forced him to miss his last scheduled start - remains a problem even after a week of rest.

"It's not as good as I hoped," he said after a short bullpen session. "They say it's nothing sructural, just like a strained flexor bundle."

Whatever the diagnosis, Morrow's spot in Seattle's starting rotation is in question to open the season.

"I can't go forward with tightness there," he said.

His next start was scheduled for Friday, but that's been scratched. That puts Morrow off track to open the season with the Mariners - at least as a starting pitcher.

Could he return more quickly as a reliever, someone who throws only 20 pitches in an inning and calls it a day?

"I haven't thought about that," Morrow said.

The team will have to change plans and determine how best to treat Morrow and his forearm.

For now, that won't involve pitching, and that's not a good thing for Morrow or the Mariners.