Padres News: Surgery Looking Likely for Brandon Morrow


Any hopes of Brandon Morrow magically coming in to save the Padres 2015 season took a step backward this week as news came that surgery is looking more and more likely, according to a report by Bill Center.

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“We’re going to wait until Friday for a final decision on the next course of action” said Padres Assistant GM Fred Uhlman Jr..

In all reality, this can’t be seen as much of a surprise. The right-hander has had a history of injuries and the Padres were happy when he started the year not only pain free but throwing very well! Unfortunately that success was short-lived, as he went on the DL May 3 and since has been shut down following 2 separate rehab assignments.

If Morrow were to have the surgery, the projected rehab time is about 3-4 months which of course would have him ready by Spring Training assuming no other setbacks in the process.

Morrow was a good gamble, and given the overall rocky season of Odrisamer Despaigne it is interesting to think what a few extra wins from Morrow would’ve have done for the club. They currently stand just 5 games under .500 and 8 games back from the second wild card spot. Whether or not Morrow could have made up that delta is unknown, yet his injury history was a risk Preller was willing to take. In his 5 starts he went 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA.

Meanwhile, Josh Johnson and Cory Luebke are still rehabbing in Florida but certainly at this point the chances of seeing them in major league action is 2015 is all but non-existent.

We will keep you updated here at Friars On Base for the latest on Brandon Morrow and any waiver trades that might come to fruition as the Padres playoff chances dwindle and building for a 2016 run begins.

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