07/01/12 6:53 PM ET
Second-round pick DeJong signs with Toronto
By Chris Toman / MLB.com
DeJong, who was taken with the 52nd overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, reportedly signed for $820,000 according to a report by Baseball America.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-hander posted a 1.80 ERA and 240 strikeouts over 199 innings in three seasons for Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. His older cousin, Jordan, is a former reliever for the Blue Jays.
The only Blue Jays draftee taken in the first 10 rounds who has yet to sign a contract is first-rounder Marcus Stroman. The product of Duke seems relatively optimistic of reaching a deal in the near future as he tweeted on Friday that he has "some news for y'all soon!"
Toronto has just over $2.1 million remaining in its total Draft cap -- including fines. Anything over that total would result in the loss of a future pick, which is a penalty the club is not inclined to pay.
The recommended slot value for Stroman (No. 22 overall) is $1.8 million. He is expected to receive slightly more than that.
Morrow begins throwing, but no timetable for return
TORONTO -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow is making strides on his road to recovery.
Morrow, who ended up on the disabled list after leaving his last start June 11 with an oblique strain, has began a light-throwing program, but there is still no timetable for his return.
"He's in a throwing program, but there is a loose framework to it because one, the main goal is just to keep his arm moving," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "So there are days he comes in and feels he can reproduce just a throwing motion at 60 and 90 feet. But there are other days he comes in and he might feel a little more tight than others, and he won't throw on that day."
When Morrow increases the intensity of his rehab or starts throwing off a rubber is currently unknown, but Farrell said the fact he has a ball in his hand is positive. The Blue Jays skipper did not speculate on a possible return date, so the club will likely take a cautious approach with the fireballer, slowly easing him back to the mound to prevent a setback.
Morrow was enjoying a career season and was Toronto's best pitcher at the time he sustained the injury. Through 13 starts, the 27-year-old posted a 7-4 record, 3.01 ERA and 1.00 WHIP to go along with 67 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Morrow's early success was his control, something that perpetually plagued him in years past.
Morrow's walk rate was at a career-low mark, and the 2.78 walks per nine innings he was averaging was the first time he had got that number under 3.00 in his career. At one point, Morrow posted back-to-back starts without issuing a walk after entering the season having walked at least one batter in every start of his career.
Despite missing close to a month, only Jake Peavy and Justin Verlander have more complete games than Morrow's three.
The Blue Jays unveiled a different lineup -- and red uniforms -- for their Canada Day series finale against the Angels on Sunday.
Angels left-handed starter C.J. Wilson, who has been dominant against lefties this season, was the reason why. Entering the contest, Wilson was holding lefties to a .172 batting average and measly .503 OPS. As a result, Farrell gave lefties Kelly Johnson and Adam Lind the day off and penciled Omar Vizquel and Ben Francisco into the lineup.
Farrell said there have been no return dates set on pitchers Drew Hutchison (UCL sprain) and Sergio Santos (shoulder inflammation).
Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.