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Blue Jays' Brandon Morrow recorded a 4.49 ERA and team-high 174 strikeouts over 26 starts before the team shut him down Sept. 4 after he logged 143 1/3 innings pitched. ((Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press))

Pitcher Brandon Morrow, who last week wasn't entirely convinced he needed a stint on the disabled list, made it through a throwing session unscathed Monday at Blue Jays' camp.

Afterwards, he told a trainer he had "no problem at all" with his right forearm.

Five days ago, Blue Jays management decided to place their No. 2 starter on the 15-day DL with forearm inflammation.

Morrow, 26, is only expected to miss this Saturday's regular-season start against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Should he not suffer any setbacks, Morrow could start on April 8 in Los Angeles against the Angels.

"I didn't think it had to be a DL stint. It feels fine right now," he said last week.

Morrow won 10 games in his first season with the Blue Jays in 2010, recording a 4.49 earned-run average and team-high 174 strikeouts over 26 starts before the team shut him down Sept. 4 after the former Seattle Mariner logged 143 1/3 innings pitched.

On Aug. 8, Morrow became the fourth pitcher since 1954 to strike out 17 batters when tossing a complete-game, one-hitter.

Spring cuts

The Blue Jays' spring training roster dwindled to 32 on Sunday with seven players returned to their minor league camp, including outfielder Eric Thames and first baseman David Cooper.

Thames, who will report to AAA Las Vegas, topped the Jays with 58 at-bats entering Sunday's game against Baltimore. A fast starter, the 24-year-old's batting average slowly dipped to .228.

"He'll go to Vegas knowing he has walked out of here with a very good impression left behind," rookie Blue Jays manager John Farrell told reporters.

"He needs work defensively, he needs work on the basepaths. We'd like to get him as confident in those two areas as he is in the [batter's] box, and we feel like we'll have an everyday major league player."

Cooper, also, 24, hit .333 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in over 42 pre-season at-bats.

Also released from Blue Jays camp were pitchers Winston Abreu, Chad Cordero, Sean Henn, Mike Hinckley, Wilfredo Ledezma and Rommie Lewis.

Podsednik has cast removed

For now, outfielder Scott Podsednik is cast-free.

He will slowly begin baseball-related activities after his left foot was immobilized for 10 days in his latest bout with plantar fasciitis.

With surgery ruled out, Podsednik would have to go into a cast again if the foot does not respond.

"If [surgery] were to take place, there are a lot of changes in the foot that could really take hold," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. … "It's probably more of a negative potential than a positive one."

Podsednik, 35, was signed as a free agent and invited to spring training. He has a .279 batting average with 301 stolen bases in 10 major league seasons.