Cubs Closer Brandon Morrow Nearing Return

If a bullpen session goes well, Morrow will throw a simulated game next.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
September 12, 2018 - 9:56 am
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow

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(670 The Score) The Cubs are close to getting their closer back, but Brandon Morrow wouldn't immediately return to his role in the ninth inning.

Sidelined since July 15 with a bone bruise in his forearm, Morrow is set to throw a bullpen session Wednesday at Wrigley Field, which would mark his second in four days. If that goes well, the Cubs will schedule a simulated game for Morrow a few days later, which would be the final step before returning him to big league action.

Still, the Cubs plan on using Morrow first in lower-leverage situations to test out his capabilities before considering putting him back into the closer's role, as president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Wednesday.

"We have to be prepared for a broad range of outcomes for him," Epstein said. "We may not necessarily see his top-shelf stuff. We may, we may not."

The 34-year-old Morrow is currently serving his second stint on the disabled list this season, having also dealt with back tightness earlier in the year. He has a 1.47 ERA and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings of work this season.

The Cubs signed Morrow to a two-year deal last offseason. In his absence, Pedro Strop has assumed the primary role of closing games, recording 13 saves on the season.

The Cubs host the Brewers on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field in the rubber match of their three-game series, with Chicago holding a two-game lead over its NL Central rival.