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07/05/12 11:30 PM ET

Blue Jays release veteran lefty Moyer

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays officially parted ways with left-hander Jamie Moyer following Thursday night's 9-6 loss to the Royals.

Moyer, who signed a Minor League contract in June, had a two-start agreement with Triple-A Las Vegas. At the end of the audition, the Blue Jays had to choose whether to place Moyer on the 25-man active roster or grant his release.

Toronto made its decision after watching Moyer surrender 10 runs in 11 innings with the 51s. He also allowed 17 hits while striking out nine and issuing three walks.

The 49-year-old Moyer was signed to provide organizational depth for the Blue Jays, who currently have starters Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison on the disabled list. Since that trio went down, though, a new group has emerged to help solidify the starting staff.

Brett Cecil, Aaron Laffey and Carlos Villanueva appear to have relatively secure positions in the rotation right now, which blocked Moyer from being promoted from the Pacific Coast League.

There was no immediate announcement on what Moyer plans to do from here. He began the season with Colorado and went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts before being released.

Moyer then signed a Minor League deal with the Orioles and made three starts with their Triple-A affiliate -- posting a 1.69 ERA. Baltimore later granted his release as did Toronto and it remains to be seen whether Moyer will attempt to latch on with another organization.

Moyer, a Pennsylvania native, has spent parts of 25 seasons in the Major Leagues. He owns a career mark of 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA with eight different teams.

Morrow encouraged with his rehab process

TORONTO -- Brandon Morrow has taken another positive step in his rehab from a left oblique injury.

Morrow has yet to take the mound, but has begun to throw from 150 feet as a way to build arm strength. There is still no timetable for his return, but the rehab process appears to be going well.

"We still go on how he feels when he comes in on a given day," Blue Jays manager John Farrell told reporters on Thursday afternoon. "His last time out, which was two days ago, out to 150 feet, he came back in and actually threw some flat ground.

"Everything feels OK. I will say this, he'll feel it occasionally when he sneezes. As crazy as that sounds, that's clearly all linked into the core."

Morrow won't start throwing off a mound until he is completely symptom free. He still faces a long rehab once he's finally able to start throwing with more intensity, but the latest news is still encouraging.

The 27-year-old Morrow sustained the injury during a game against Washington on June 11. He was originally expected to be out until at least late August, but that estimated timeframe could be moved up if things continue to progress in the next couple of weeks.

"I think, given the way he walked off the mound and given the way he felt in the following five-to-seven days, I know we haven't put out a timeline here, but it sounds like to me that he's moving along ahead of what maybe our initial expectations were," Farrell said.

Morrow was the Blue Jays' most valuable pitcher this season prior to his injury. The native of California went 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA while striking out 67 in 77 2/3 innings.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.