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Blue Jays Place Pitcher Brandon Morrow On DL

Brad White/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Starting pitcher Brandon Morrow's breakout season for the Toronto Blue Jays will have to pause. The team has announced they are placing Morrow on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain.

Morrow threw just nine pitches against the Washington Nationals on Monday before having to leave the game. There is no official timeline for his return, but he is expected to miss longer then the 15 days.

"I think at this point, it's safe to say it's probably substantial in terms of what he's dealing with right now," Blue Jays manager John Farrell told reporters.

A typical recovery for the injury take somewhere around three weeks to a month, if not longer.

Before suffering the injury, the 27-year old pitcher was finally showing why he was the fifth overall pick back in 2006. He was set to establish career highs in nearly every major pitching category, going 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA before getting hurt. Among American League pitchers, Morrow ranks sixth in wins, eighth in ERA, fifth in WHIP, and first in complete games.

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