Morrow focused on fastball, not results of start

Morrow focused on fastball, not results of start

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Brandon Morrow struggled during Wednesday afternoon's start against the Pirates, but he's not about to get overly concerned about the results this early in spring.

Morrow surrendered five runs on six hits over the course three innings vs. Pittsburgh and has some minor tweaks to make before his next time out, but for the most part, he left the ballpark content with the day's work. He continues to get stronger with each outing and there have been no ill effects from a right forearm injury which cost him the bulk of the 2013 season.

"I felt good, fastball command wasn't great, obviously," Morrow said. "I was falling behind some guys, but I was one pitch away from a scoreless inning in the third, they smacked it into left, and a couple of bad pitches later, they had three runs.

"It wasn't terrible, but the further I get along, those mistakes are going to turn into good pitches. The important thing is that I felt good again."

Unlike previous springs, Morrow is throwing all of his pitches early in camp. He threw a handful of sliders, three changeups and a curveball during Toronto's 6-4 loss, but the focus remains on the location of his fastball.

That will be the main point of emphasis during his next start and is something he'll continue refining before the end of the spring. It isn't ideal yet, but that shouldn't be alarming with more than three weeks remaining until the start of the regular season.

"That's the biggest thing at this stage is fastball command," Morrow said. "Just trying to get that to where I want it before I worry about how the other stuff was. I thought I threw some good sliders, I threw some flat ones, too, that were in the strike zone.

"I only threw one curveball, but it was a swing and miss for strike one. I threw a couple of changeups. They have been really good, so I was trying to keep it in the zone today, and I threw two for taking strikes and one that was hit between first and second."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for 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.