Morrow (arm) was shifted to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. This is simply procedural, as Morrow has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a bone bruise in his right arm. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training next season. Pedro Strop (hamstring) is also sidelined, so Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson, Brandon Kintzler and Jesse Chavez are all options to see saves for Chicago down the stretch. Allen Webster was promoted from the minors to take Morrow's spot on the roster.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced Tuesday that Morrow (arm) will not pitch again this season, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports. Morrow has been on the 10-disabled list since mid-July as he's battled a bone bruise in his right arm, with the issue worsening again recently as he ramped up his throwing for a potential return, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander received an additional opinion Tuesday on his arm before coming to a decision, but he should be ready come spring training. Pedro Strop (hamstring) is also currently injured, leaving Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson, Brandon Kintzler, and Jesse Chavez to share potential save opportunities during the stretch run for the Cubs.
Morrow (biceps) expects to be activated from the disabled list within the next few days, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports. The closer has now missed two full months with biceps inflammation. He threw a simulated game Saturday, which evidently went well enough that he feels confident a return is close. That's good news for the Cubs, who just lost interim closer Pedro Strop to a hamstring strain. Morrow won't immediately return to a ninth-inning role, however, Sullivan adds.
Morrow (biceps) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. This is the next step in Morrow's recovery from right biceps inflammation after he tossed a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. The right-hander has been out since mid-July, so the Cubs will likely continue to proceed with caution even if he looks great in the sim game. When Morrow is able to return, manager Joe Maddon said he won't immediately put him back in the closer's role. "It's hard to force him into a situation he's not ready for," Maddon said.
Morrow (biceps) is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. This is a positive step for Morrow, who hasn't thrown a bullpen session since suffering a setback in mid-August. Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that there was "barely" enough time for Morrow to return this season, but the Cubs are now hoping to have the right-hander back in game action sometime between Sept. 14-16 if everything goes as planned. Assuming he gets through Sunday's session setback-free, Morrow will progress to a simulated game before potentially returning. Once (and if) he's activated, he isn't expected to immediately resume closing duties.