Morris is on the comeback trail
Morris hopes for another chance in 2011.
(Photo: Lianna Holub)
Things at the moment for Morris are definitely looking great.
It is a far cry from where Morris was six months ago as left shoulder soreness limited him to just 11 total appearances between rookie level Arizona and Low-A Lake County last season and 20.0 total innings pitched.
Last year Morris was returning from a left shoulder injury he suffered in July of 2009 that sidelined him the rest of that season. The shoulder problem stemmed from tightness in the back of his shoulder that caused the humerus bone between his left elbow and shoulder to start to roll to the front. He rehabbed all of the 2009 offseason and continued his rehab throughout spring training last year and into extended spring training before being activated in June.
Morris has a bit of a funky delivery, which is what likely caused the injury. To combat the issue he and the Indians worked on his delivery mechanics last year to try and get him to avoid pulling his left hand so deep behind his back. By not letting his hand get so deep and also staying inside with the ball when he separates his hands it helped take some stress off of his shoulder area.
Even with the changes, Morris started experiencing pain again in late July and was shut down again for the rest of the season.
"It is frustrating as I was only able to throw about 20 innings [last season], but the good news is we finally got everything squared away and figured out exactly what is going on with the arm,