Morrow (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Morrow didn't play in 2020 after undergoing a minor nerve procedure on his elbow in July. He should be healthy in time for spring training, and he'll get the chance to compete for a role in the Dodgers' talented bullpen as a non-roster invitee. The 36-year-old hasn't pitched in a game in the majors or minors since July of 2018.
Morrow (elbow) relayed Wednesday that he recently underwent a minor nerve procedure, but he expects to be fully healthy at some point later this season and hopes to catch on with another team, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Though Morrow doesn't expect to miss much time after another setback with his right elbow, he wasn't on track to be ready for Opening Day in late July, which likely explains why the Cubs released him from his minor-league deal Wednesday. Set to turn 36 years old later this month and having not pitched in a regular-season game in the majors or minors since July 15, 2018, Morrow's career looks to be hanging by a thread.
The Cubs are expected to release Morrow (elbow), Robert Murray of TheScore.com reports. This move comes after Morrow was not included on the Cubs' initial player pool list for the 2020 season. The veteran right-hander has struggled with injuries since joining Chicago in 2018, pitching just 30.2 innings over the past two seasons. Morrow did post a 1.47 ERA during that span, so there's a chance he gets another opportunity elsewhere. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the veteran right-hander would need some time to ramp up from a minor nerve procedure which makes him a difficult proposition for a 60-game season, though he still plans to continue his career in 2021 if he's find another team this season.
Morrow was not included on the Cubs' initial player pool list for the 2020 season. The Cubs announced a 50-player pool and can still get to 60, so there's a chance Morrow ends up getting added. However, with the amount of injuries the 35-year-old has dealt with the past few seasons, he seems unlikely to have any type of significant role with the team this year, if he even gets added to the roster.
Morrow (elbow/calf) figures to benefit from the MLB hiatus and could fill a bullpen spot for the Cubs when the season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Morrow missed all of last season after undergoing elbow surgery in November 2018, and he was working his way back in spring training, though a mild calf strain suffered in February slowed him down a little. The 35-year-old is on a minor-league deal and is not a lock to secure a MLB roster spot, but this extra time off could allow him to get fully healthy and possibly make an impact this season, whenever it's able to begin.
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