Padres Brandon Morrow and Cory Spangenberg Suffer Setbacks


Padres right-hander Brandon Morrow and second baseman Cory Spangenberg will now need to wait longer to return to action after both suffered setbacks earlier this week.

Morrow went 2-0 last season with a 2.73 ERA in five starts. He went on the disabled list from May through August with a shoulder injury before needing season-ending surgery.

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Morrow has spent this past month pitching in the minors. His ERA on the season is 7.31. He was sent to extended spring camp last week in Arizona with shoulder fatigue. The Padres don’t know when he will resume throwing and it is looking likely that his June 1 opt-out date will be pushed back.

“It’s my understanding that he felt less than ideal in his shoulder, and so they kind of pulled him back, and now he’s trying to find out what’s best for him going forward,” manager Andy Green said. (

For his career, the 32-year old Morrow is 44-43 in 236 games (113 starts) with a 4.22 ERA. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners from 2007-2009 and the Toronto Blue Jays from 2010-2014 before signing with the Padres last season.

Spangenberg, 25, suffered a setback injury with his quad and is back to the strengthening portion of his rehab. He has been on the disabled list since April 20. In 14 games this season, Spagenberg has batted .229 with a home run and eight RBIs.

“I don’t want to say he pulled it again, but it just didn’t feel good,” Green said. “Something happened where they had to pull him back. There’s kind of swelling in there.” (

Last season in his first full year in the majors, he batted .271 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 108 games. The Padres could certainly use his help at the Major League level as a mix of Adam Rosales, Jemile Weeks, and Jose Pirela.