Brandon Morrow

#15 RP / Chi. Cubs / EXP: 12YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 207 lb Age: 35 College: California Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Morrow (elbow/illness) is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Morrow has been sidelined for much of the last week with food poisoning, but his return to the mound indicates he's clear of the issue. The 35-year-old is taking a cautious approach in spring training -- throwing from a mound once every four days -- as he attempts to see major-league action for the first time since July 2018. Morrow re-signed with the Cubs on a minor-league deal after being sidelined all of 2019 with the elbow issues.

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    • Morrow's (elbow) spring training build-up has been delayed by a bout of food poisoning, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Morrow's scheduled Thursday bullpen session will be pushed back a day, but it's certainly a good sign that the issue isn't with his oft-injured right arm. The veteran returned to the Cubs on a minor-league deal over the offseason after missing the entirety of the 2019 campaign due to arm troubles. If healthy, he's a potential bullpen weapon, but it's hard to put much faith in a 35-year-old who's averaged 26 innings over the last six seasons.

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    • Morrow (elbow) has thrown four mound sessions already after reporting to the Cubs' camp in Arizona early. He's going to be behind his teammates initially, throwing from a mound once every four days, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. As Bastian further reports, Morrow has a stated goal of being ready by Opening Day, though his workout schedule makes achieving that goal unlikely. Given that he hasn't thrown in the majors since July 15, 2018, anything he can give the Cubs has to be treated as a bonus.

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    • Morrow (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Morrow had his club option declined by Chicago at the beginning of November and will now return to the Cubs on a minor-league deal. He'll likely get a chance to face big-league hitters during spring training if he's healthy, but considering he hasn't pitched since 2018 due to shoulder issues, he seems unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.

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    • Morrow's (elbow) team option on his contract was declined by the Cubs on Monday, making him a free agent, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. After signing with the Cubs prior to the 2018 season, Morrow battled arm injuries throughout the second half of 2018 and over the entire 2019 season, which helped lead the team to sign Craig Kimbrel as its closer. The 35-year-old pitched well in 2018, recording a 1.47 ERA with 22 saves over 35 appearances. Morrow has the talent to perform as a late reliever for a team next year, but his uncertain health is cause for concern heading into his age-36 season.

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    2018 CHC 35 0 30.7 0 0 22 31 9 24 1.46 1.07
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