i keep fairly up to date with the cards and the last i have heard is that he is ahead of schedule although the doctors want to be conservative with him. unfortunately i am not sure the surgery will restore him to his old self. while he says he feels great and has slimmed down some, duncan wasnt so sure his velocity would return. he might still be effective throwing 90-92 but if he tops out at 88 things will probably be ugly much like last year.
At his best on the mound, Morris has been an intimidator. It will take some time before he can become that again, if ever. But the first steps have been taken, and Duncan is sure Morris is on a clear path.
"This could all be shot in the arm by Paletta saying, 'Hey, you're going too fast. Back off,'" said Duncan. "But he's had no problems, no setbacks."
When Morris does return, though, Duncan said fans should soften their expectations.
"I hope people don't expect him to come back throwing 94, 95 miles an hour," Duncan said. "I don't think that's going to happen."