Nobody wishes for an injury to occur, especially one which lands a player on the 60-day DL. This is what has struck down Toronto Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow. However, the underlying aspect of his injury is that it opens the door for what should have been the team’s plan to begin with.
The call-up of top prospect Marcus Stroman had an axe attached to it, one that was going to be swung at one of the Blue Jays’ current starters, with Dustin McGowan‘s name at the front of the line.
When one looks at the big picture, the hurler who should have lost his job in the first place is Morrow. You can even say the Jays got lucky in this situation. Management was primed to give McGowan the boot all along as the team was seemingly unwilling to address the elephant in the room otherwise known as Morrow’s frustrating existence. This is not a “kick someone when they’re down” process, it is just unfortunate reality.
The conclusion of Sunday’s tilt at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates marked the second consecutive outing that McGowan has displayed sharp command combined with an increasing level of endurance. The Jays have officially sidestepped the bad press they would have received if the demotion of the righty took place.
The hammer wasn’t going to drop on “ace” R.A. Dickey, burgeoning star Drew Hutchison, or the reincarnated Mark Buehrle; squeezing out McGowan was their only option. Now, because of the Morrow injury, the Blue Jays now have a chance to evaluate McGowan over the long haul to truly witness what he’s made of.
Toronto is trying to climb out of the AL East cellar. Forming the back end of the rotation with the likes of McGowan and Stroman would be a step in the right direction — a rarity around these parts.