Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow will be placed on the 60-day disabled list with a torn tendon sheath in his index finger. Morrow will have his finger immobilized and rest the injury, but surgery could become an option as well, as the Toronto Star's Richard Griffin reports.
Griffin also points out that Morrow may have already thrown his last pitch for the club. The 29-year-old earns $8 million this season and the Jays hold a $10 million option -- $1 million buyout -- on him for 2015. His regular trips to the disabled list and mixed results on the mound could lead the team to move on after the season.
Morrow's type 1 diabetes could also have played a role in his struggles. While some athletes have excelled despite the disease, it's a substantial obstacle to overcome, limiting stamina, strength, and speed among other things.
Morrow has managed just 16 starts sine 2012, posting a 5.73 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP over that stretch. However in 2012, he was excellent. Although he only started 21 games that season, he posted a 2.96 ERA and began to show the promise that caused Toronto to trade for him in 2009.
His absence will likely keep him from suiting up for the Jays again in 2014, and in his place, the club could turn to top prospect Marcus Stroman, who is currently pitching out of the bullpen.