Rest key to Morrow's fastball velocity

Rest key to Morrow's fastball velocity

TORONTO -- Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow looked like his old self in Monday's 3-2 win over the Yankees.

On five days of rest, Morrow went six innings, allowing two runs while striking out 12 batters. His velocity was consistently around 95 mph, providing the Blue Jays with relief that his previous start, on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, was just an aberration.

Given an eight-day breather before his start against the Angels -- an attempt to preserve his arm after a 137-pitch one-hitter against the Rays on Aug. 8 -- Morrow lasted only four innings opposite the Halos, surrendering two runs. What was most disconcerting about the outing was that his velocity was maxing out around just 90 mph -- a common sign of dead arm.

Morrow said that he had no explanation for the return of his control and velocity on Monday night.

"I'm not going to compare it to anything, but I felt better this week than I did last week, regardless of whatever rest I had," Morrow said. "I had better stuff, and I made better pitches."

On five days' rest this season, Morrow has posted a 3-2 record with a 2.17 ERA over 58 innings. In contrast, the right-hander sports a 6.40 ERA over 52 innings with four days' rest and a 5.27 ERA over 27 1/3 frames with six or more days to recover.