Brandon Morrow has no hesitation in attempting to become ‘Da Man’.

Whenever talk turns to the rotation — which is every day at this camp — the Jays deep thinkers, whether it’s manager John Gibbons or general manager Alex Anthopoulos, go on about how they expect big things from Morrow.

Rightly or wrongly, the expectations have been piled high and deep on Morrow’s shoulders so it’s a good thing he bulked up this off-season and added muscle.

He said he’s ready for the challenge.

“I hope so,” Morrow said Thursday morning. “Obviously I was supposed to be a big part of the rotation last year and unfortunately, because of the injury, it derailed my whole season.

“But I think there was so much positivity with the whole rehab process that I felt so good through it so that people, including myself, are expecting me to come in and do what I have done and what I was building towards in the past.”

Being tabbed as one of the keys to success is a compliment, for sure. The problem is that some individuals rise to the challenge while others shrink. Some people like being the ‘guy’ and others not so much.

Morrow would love to have that tag, wear that hat.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been the guy,” he said. “I would like to be the guy. Even with the guys we had coming in last year, there was a lot of expectation that I would take over the role as that guy, but unfortunately there were other things that happened. But I think there’s still the expectation that if I pitch up to my ability and am back healthy there isn’t any reason why I can’t do that.”

At this point of the game, Morrow isn’t worried about results. He just wants to get things all lined up in the right direction for the Jays second game of the regular season.