Well it has happened San Diego Padres fans, the inevitable has happened and starting pitcher Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list before the game Tuesday. The often injured Morrow has been dealing with a sore shoulder. All though nothing is structurally wrong with his shoulder, Morrow claims it is just fatigued and inflamed.
Brandon Morrow claims the shoulder will only hold him out the minimum amount of time. He has a history of arm and shoulder problems and this recent inflammation of the shoulder is a bit concerning for the Padres. Hopefully it is not the start of something negative for the right-handed hurler.
Odrisamer Despaigne immediately slides into Morrow’s spot in the rotation and should fill in adequately. Despaigne already had to fill in for Ian Kennedy who went on the DL after his fist start of the season. Kennedy came up lame with a sore hamstring. Despaigne has been throwing out of the bullpen in recent appearances, and is scheduled to start for the Padres on Thursday in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
Brandon Morrow had been solid so far going 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his first five starts for the Padres. Frank Garces was called back up to take Morrow’s roster spot. Garces will now add a grand total of two left-handed throwers on the whole Padres 25 man roster.A.J. Preller really must not like southpaws. Some odd tidbit I wrote about in a past article. You can read about it here.
Not having Morrow could potentially hurt the Padres but the team does have a lot of options. If another injury were to take place to a starter the Padres have Robbie Erlin in El Paso and also Brandon Maurer could be an option. He has been groomed as a reliever mostly and would need to be stretched out in order to become a starter.
It sounds like Morrow will be out for the minimum time so it should not be a major issue. Despaigne is more than capable of filling in for him and I enjoy watching Despaigne pitch. To me, he is a perfect complement to the Padres hard throwing right handed pitching staff.
We can only the Padres pitching woes improve. Losing Morrow who has been solid all year is big, but the mentality on this team is next man up. The Padres have a solid core of players and if one falls the next player must step up. These type of negative things can build much-needed character for this newly formed team.