The day after his triumphant major league debut as a starting pitcher, Brandon Morrow’s right arm remained attached to his shoulder Saturday.
After a 106-pitch thriller Friday night, when Morrow electrified Safeco Field with a no-hitter until his last pitch with two outs in the eighth inning, the only concern was how the workload affected his arm. After all, the most he’d thrown were 82 pitches in his last minor league outing with Class AAA Tacoma.
“It feels much better than I thought it would,” Morrow said. “It hasn’t been 24 hours yet, but nothing feels tight. The rest of my body aches more than I thought it would, though. My legs all the way up and my back are real sore. But it’s a good sore.”
Morrow said he didn’t replay the last pitch he threw — a hanging curveball that Wilson Betemit hit for a double to break up the no-hitter — and mentally beat himself up over what he could have done differently. Oh, he saw a few TV replays, but mostly he was too exhausted.
“I went out to dinner with a buddy, my dad and brother, and I kind of hit a wall about halfway through dinner,” Morrow said. “I was so tired, really tired.”