If you’re wondering when the Mariners began to consider rookie Brandon Morrow as a viable bullpen candidate this spring, it was about 10 days ago.
Manager Mike Hargrove asks his coaching staff often for their opening day 25-man roster.
About 10 days ago, something odd happened. Morrow’s name started popping up on the list coaches turned in. First one, then another, then a third.
Each coach knows how much experience – or lack of it – Morrow has, given that he’s pitched 16 innings since leaving college last year. And they know he’s 22, that his future is probably in the starting rotation.
Those who have seen the most of Morrow, in the bullpen sessions, on the mound, during workouts, think he should be a member of the Seattle Mariners next week.
No final decision has been made, but whatever it is, don’t blame the desperation of general manager Bill Bavasi or manager Mike Hargrove – this didn’t start with them.