Good news for those who were worried about how the Toronto Blue Jays would deal with having "too many pitchers" once they start to come back from the disabled list: both Brandon Morrow and Luis Perez have suffered setbacks during rehab, according to tweets by Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB), Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) and others after they spoke with John Gibbons Tuesday afternoon.
Morrow, who was placed on the disabled list on June 1 retroactive to May 29 with a right forearm strain, made his first minor league rehab start Monday night in Dunedin. The major leaguer did not fare well, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk in just two innings of work. He allowed a solo homer to Tampa Yankees first baseman Saxon Butler (great name for a Saxon butler), who probably asked to save the ball for his collection. He was removed from the game due to forearm tenderness. Gibbons stated that that they won't have a timeline for the righty until results come in from the tests they are performing.
Perez, who has been on the 60-day disabled list all year recovering from Tommy John surgery, started his rehab recently but has been shut down due to a setback. Gibbons said that he was unsure of the actual injury, but believes that it is "minor." Perez has not pitched since his rehab debut on June 10.
In actual good news from the injury front:
- Jose Reyes did not leave Monday night's game with an injury, contrary to a false report via Twitter. Gibbons believes he will be able to make it up to either New Hampshire or Buffalo by the weekend.
- Jose Bautista, who had a leg cramp Monday night, will be back in the outfield tonight.