Morrow impressive in 'pen, wants to start in '15

Morrow impressive in 'pen, wants to start in '15

BOSTON -- Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow's transition to the bullpen has been flawless since he was added to the roster Tuesday.

Morrow received the day off Sunday after tossing a pair of back-to-back scoreless outings as a reliever. It's a role he hasn't been in since 2009, but based on the results, the lack of recent experience hasn't showed.

"Very happy and he feels good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's pumping it up there pretty good, too. He feels strong and he's going to help us the remainder of the season. He missed so much time with the injury, it's good for his pysche, good for his career, to finish up [strong]."

Morrow spent the past five seasons as a starter, but there wasn't enough time left in the year for him to return in that role. He suffered a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger May 2 and began throwing again in August, but there wasn't an opportunity to properly get stretched out.

The 30-year-old instead moved to the bullpen and during his first two appearances he has been consistently hitting 98-99 mph with his fastball. He's allowed one hit over 1 2/3 innings without a walk while also recording a hold in Friday night's 9-8 loss.

There has been recent speculation that Morrow could be headed for a bullpen role next season, but he recently stated that his preference is to start. That choice likely will be up to him as it's unlikely Toronto will pick up his $10 million option for next season, which would make Morrow a free agent.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.