NEW YORK -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston had some concern over a sudden decrease in right-hander Brandon Morrow's velocity during his outing against the Yankees in Monday night's 8-6 win. The pitcher said it was nothing to worry about.
Morrow believed the issue stemmed from the long fifth inning that the Blue Jays' offense enjoyed. While Toronto was piling on seven runs on seven hits -- including six doubles -- in the fifth, Morrow was watching from the bench.
"It was after the long inning we had," Morrow said. "I just hadn't gotten loose again. ... It's just a matter of, you're sitting for that long. It takes a little longer to get it going again."
In the bottom of the fifth, Morrow allowed a single to Derek Jeter, a deep flyout to Nick Swisher and then a two-run home run to Mark Teixeira. Gaston observed that a handful of Morrow's fastballs dropped in to the 84- to 89-mph range.
"I thought he was maybe tired out there," Gaston said. "I went out and talked to him. His velocity was down and I was worried about him, but he seemed to be OK. And then I checked it out with the trainers, and he's OK. That's good news."
"It just takes a little while to get back into it," Morrow said. "By the end of the inning, I think I was all right. We had a quick inning, and then I was throwing harder [in the sixth] than I was the inning before."