06/11/2012 07:26 EDT | Updated 08/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Jays starting pitcher Morrow leaves after making just nine pitches against Nats

TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow left the game against the Washington Nationals on Monday in the first inning after making only nine pitches.

The team said Morrow suffered a left oblique strain. He's listed as day-to-day.

Morrow felt something was not right after he threw ball two on a 1-1 pitch to Bryce Harper. Morrow had allowed a leadoff double to Steve Lombardozzi.

The right-hander walked from the mound and went down the stairs to the clubhouse on his own after being checked by the training staff and manager John Farrell on the field.

Chad Beck took over from Morrow.

On May 30, he was removed from a start against the Baltimore Orioles with a bruised right shin after was hit by a batted ball.

He pitched a two-hit shutout in his next start, helping Toronto defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on June 6.

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