Morrow (elbow) doesn't appear to have a closer role to return to once he gets healthy after Craig Kimbrel officially joined the Cubs on Friday. A healthy Morrow would close for most teams, as he owns a 2.04 ERA over his last four seasons. Kimbrel is one of just a handful of relievers that is clearly on another level, and he's unlikely to be forced to fight for a ninth-inning role due to his 333 career saves. Morrow remains not particularly close to a return to action, however, so he won't be appearing in big-league games in any role any time soon.
Morrow (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Morrow continues to slowly work his way back from an elbow injury that has kept him on the shelf all season. The oft-injured reliever remains without a timetable for return. With the Cubs reportedly showing interest in Craig Kimbrel, Morrow may not be guaranteed the closer role upon his return.
Morrow (elbow) played catch from 45-to-60 feet Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Morrow has managed to resume a throwing program after suffering a setback in mid-April. He remains without a concrete timeline for a return, though it's a positive sign that he's once again moving in the right direction.
Morrow (elbow) will be evaluated later this week and could resume throwing at that point, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. It's difficult to feel particularly optimistic about the oft-injured closer, who suffered a setback in mid-April when he appeared to be close to starting a rehab assignment. His return timeline could become clearer following the evaluation.
Morrow (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports. This move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Addison Russell, who was reinstated from suspension and optioned to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Morrow is still weeks away from resuming a throwing program after receiving an injection of synthetic lubricant earlier in the week.
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