Matt Morris is happy with the way he’s performed since coming off the disabled list. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to declare himself back at full strength.
The veteran right-hander will shoot for his third win in as many starts since returning from offseason shoulder surgery when the St. Louis Cardinals resume a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Morris, who won 15 games last year despite pitching through shoulder pain, had surgery in the offseason to relieve the pressure in the joint. He made a pair of minor league rehab starts before making his season debut in a 7-1 win over Pittsburgh on April 19, needing just 71 pitches to get through six solid innings.
On Sunday, Morris threw 91 pitches and surrendered two runs and five hits over five innings in an 8-5 win over Houston. Morris didn’t have any problem with manager Tony La Russa pulling him out after the fifth.
“The progress we’ve been making, there’s no sense pushing it now,” Morris said. “Throwing 91 pitches and to go out and tax myself when we have a bullpen that hasn’t pitched in a couple days, it was the right move.”
Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer to give St. Louis its seventh win in eight games. The Cardinals have won six straight road games.
Brian Jordan hit a two-run shot for Atlanta, which had won six of its previous seven overall.