Cubs closer Morrow to miss start of season
Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow confirmed Wednesday that he will not be ready for the start of the season following elbow surgery in November. "I'm feeling really good right now," the right-hander told ESPN. "I wouldn't say I'd be ready for the beginning of the regular season. Right now, it's just feeling it out and seeing how I respond to throwing."
Morrow, 34, said he intends to throw from 90 feet this week at the club's spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz. He will gradually increase to longer distances before returning to the mound. Morrow posted 22 saves with a 1.47 ERA in 35 games out of the Chicago bullpen in 2018, but his season ended in mid-July as he experienced lingering discomfort from a bone bruise near his right elbow.
He dismissed any questions of overuse by manager Joe Maddon, who pitched him in three consecutive games from May 31-June 2. "I don't think I was pushed into an injury," Morrow said. "Was just one of those things that happened."
In 12 major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2007-09), Toronto Blue Jays (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015-16), Los Angeles Dodgers (2017) and Cubs, he owns a 51-43 record with 40 saves and a 3.96 ERA in 859 innings. --Field Level Media
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