8/23/2014 12:55 P.M. ET
Morrow going in 'right direction' with live BP session
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Brandon Morrow was set to throw live batting practice in Dunedin, Fla., on Saturday for the first time since tearing a tendon sheath on his right index finger in late April.
Manager John Gibbons said prior to the Blue Jays' game vs. the Rays that the right-hander is working his way back to form, and he expects to see Morrow back in a Toronto uniform in September.
"He's moving in the right direction," Gibbons said.
Morrow, who's on the 60-day disabled list, would pitch out of the bullpen, because there's simply not enough time for him to build up physically for a starting role.
The addition of Morrow, who's yet to make it through a full season as a starter, could provide a boost to the Blue Jays' bullpen, which has registered the fifth-highest collective ERA (3.98) among American League teams in the month of August, and the fourth-highest on the season (4.22).
The Blue Jays have a $10 million option on the 30-year-old's contract for next season that includes a $1 million buyout.
• Blue Jays No. 3 prospect Dalton Pompey collected a pair of singles in his second game with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night. The speedy outfielder was 2-for-5 in the leadoff role as the Bisons topped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 11-7.
Pompey, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, is batting 3-for-9 in two games since being promoted to Buffalo from Double-A New Hampshire. On the season, the 21-year-old has hit .312 with 17 doubles, nine triples, nine homers and 39 stolen bases in 103 games with Class A Advanced Dunedin, New Hampshire and Buffalo.
Pompey's rise through the Blue Jays' farm system has mirrored that of left-hander and top prospect Daniel Norris, who also began the season with Dunedin, but quickly earned promotions and is now on the cusp of a Major League callup.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.