Now that most everyone has read or heard that Brandon Morrow is headed for the Tacoma Rainiers starting rotation, the Mariners made it official today.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said the team wanted to do what was best for the young right-hander, and Morrow talked about his future.
"I'm not 25 yet, and it can take years to get to the top in this game," Morrow said. "I took the time to think about what I want o be doing when I'm 30, and that's starting."
Morrow blamed no one but himself for the strange season he's had so far - beginning wih his decision late in spring to return to the bullpen.
"I wanted to be with the team, help them any way I could, and I wasn't ready to be in the rotation," Morrow said. "I spent a lot of time trying to convince the team and myself I could close.
"I was hasty. I wasn't ready."
Wakamatsu said Morrow has been working on mechanics that improve his command, and Morrow said he'll take those to the minor leagues with him.
Morrow doesn't expect to be back soon.
"Last year I went down to improve my arm strength and we sort of knew I'd be back up in September," he said. "Now, there's no time table. In spring training, I was thinking short term. Now, I'm thinking long term.
Asked if he had to convince the Mariners he could start regularly despite having Type I diabetes, Morrow shrugged.
"I just threw that out in spring training, when I was trying to come up with reasons to go to the bullpen," he said. "I've started in the past, and it's never been an issue. I've never left the mound because of anything related to diabetes."
Wakamatsu wouldn't set a date, but it seems likely Morrow will join the Rainiers some time in the next week.