Cubs closer Brandon Morrow

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Cubs' Brandon Morrow Still In 'A Lot Of Pain'

Morrow isn't expected to come off the disabled list when he's eligible.

July 25, 2018 - 9:01 am

(670 The Score) Cubs closer Brandon Morrow isn't expected to return from the 10-day disabled list when he's eligible to do so Saturday.

The reason is simple. His right biceps inflammation isn't improving much.

"To tell you the truth, I'm not sure he's ready to come off yet," pitching coach Jim Hickey said in an interview on the Mully & Hanley Show on 670 The Score on Wednesday morning. "He has not gotten on to the mound yet. He's got a lot of pain in there. I'm not exactly sure what's going on in terms of his triceps or whatever it is. I talked to him just the other day, and it was not considerably better. With Brandon, I've got my fingers crossed and I'm hoping. But I don't think we're going to see him back as soon as he's eligible to be back."

As for right-hander Yu Darvish (right elbow impingement), the rough plan is for him to throw two more bullpen sessions before facing live hitters, Hickey said. The next bullpen Darvish throws will be with the goal of firing 35 to 40 pitches. 

Hickey maintained that he's "optimistic" that Darvish will to pitch in meaningful games for the Cubs this season.

"We really need him," Hickey said. "We need that power arm, especially as we move toward the playoffs. Here we sit at the end of July. We're going to be a couple weeks away from getting him back into the fold. If he could join us before the beginning of September, just about the end of August or so and help us down the stretch, that would really, really be the optimum thing. I am optimistic actually. The way that he threw the ball yesterday was with more vigor, if you will, than just about any time he went on that rehabilitation (stint)."

Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts. He hasn't pitched in a big league game since May 20.