Brandon Morrow's transition back to starting pitcher won't begin in Tacoma after all - an inflamed shoulder that sidelined Erik Bedard will push Morrow into the Mariners rotation.
"We're hoping to get about 60 pitches out of Brandon, however far that takes him," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Erik will just skip his start."
Morrow hasn't pitched more than the 2 1/3 innings in Baltimore, so he'll be held to a strict pitch count.
"I'm going to be as conservative with my pitches as I can, go as far as I can," Morrow said. "Whether it was here or in Tacoma, what I'll be doing is the same - it's just a little more exciting here."
Morrow had asked the team a month ago about returning to starting and fully expected to do so with the Rainiers.
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"Who knows, we might have to stretch him out up here," Wakamatsu said.
In 16 relief appearanes this season, Morrow is 0-3 with a 6.38 earned run average, although for the past few weeks he's worked on new mechanics and seen improved results.
On Satuday, Morrow will get his feet wet again as a starting pitcher.
"When they called me in today to tell me, I thought they were going to make a move and send me out," Morrow said. "This is better."