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Jays scratch Brandon Morrow, place Rajai Davis on DL

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Brandon Morrow isn't quite ready to take the mound for Toronto.
Brandon Morrow isn't quite ready to take the mound for Toronto. (USATSI)

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Shocking: There's injury news -- not good injury news -- out of Toronto. First, right-hander Brandon Morrow, who has been limited by back/neck pain in recent days, has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start against the Red Sox. For now, it looks like Morrow, barring setback, will start Wednesday at home against the Giants. As for Sunday, the Jays are expected to start Chad Jenkins, who was just called up from Double-A New Hampshire.

This season, Morrow has a 4.69 ERA in seven starts. He's coming off a breakout 2012 in which he pitched to a 143 ERA+, 1.12 WHIP and 2.63 K/BB ratio, albeit across just 124 2/3 innings. As for Jenkins, the 24-year-old former first-rounder has a 4.28 ERA and 2.71 K/BB ratio in parts of four minor-league seasons. Last season, he posted a 4.50 ERA in 13 games (three starts) after an early-August call-up to Toronto. If Jenkins does indeed take the ball on Sunday, then he'll become the ninth starting pitcher used by the Blue Jays in 2013.

In matters very much related, the Jays were able to add Jenkins to the roster because they placed outfielder Rajai Davis on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a strained left oblique. This season, Davis, age 32, is batting .284/.326/.395 with eight steals in 26 games.

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