Morrow (elbow) threw from 105 feet Wednesday and is now allowed to play catch every day, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Morrow continues to move forward slowly following November elbow surgery. He's expected to miss the first month of the season, and while Wednesday's progress is certainly a positive sign, he's not a pitcher where a smooth recovery can be taken for granted. His list of injuries is long, and he didn't throw a pitch after the All-Star break last season after his biceps injury appeared initially to be a relatively minor one.
Morrow (elbow) threw from 90 feet Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Morrow continues to work his way back from arthroscopic elbow surgery he underwent back in November. The right-hander, who is on track to miss at least the first month of the 2019 campaign, is hoping to be cleared for daily catch by next week. While Morrow is on the shelf, Pedro Strop is expected to handle the ninth inning for Chicago.
Morrow (elbow) is expected to miss at least one month to begin the 2019 season, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. After an injury riddled 2018 campaign, Morrow underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery back in November. While he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery, the reliever is about a month behind his normal offseason throwing schedule -- he recently started throwing a tennis ball off a wall to get a feel for his throwing motion, and he's hoping to resume playing catch Feb. 6 after doing so Jan. 6 last offseason. An exact timetable for his return should clear up as he progresses in his recovery. It's unclear how the Cubs will approach the ninth inning in his absence, but Pedro Strop got most of the opportunities down the stretch last season.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein acknowledged Saturday that Morrow (elbow) is unlikely to be ready to pitch when the 2019 season begins, 670 The Score Chicago reports. "If you asked [Morrow], he'd probably say he's going to be ready for Opening Day," Epstein said. "But, probably, that's unrealistic. If we do the right thing and build him up slowly, he'll probably miss it by a few weeks. But we'll see." Epstein noted that while Morrow is progressing as anticipated in his rehab from Nov. 6 arthroscopic surgery for his throwing elbow, the 34-year-old won't be ready for the start of spring training. He could be ready for mound work by the time the Cactus League season winds down, but since he'll be behind the rest of his fellow pitchers, Morrow may need some additional rehab time. Once healthy, Morrow, who posted a 1.47 ERA and went 22-for-24 in his save opportunities last season, should serve as the Cubs' primary closer, but the team could take a committee approach to the ninth inning while they await his return.
Morrow (arm) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Nov. 6 and may not be available for Opening Day, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. The procedure was deemed a cleanup, and Morrow is hoping to start throwing around the beginning of February. Given that timeframe, however, the right-hander is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season. Morrow appeared in just 35 games for the Cubs in 2018 thanks to back and arm injuries. When healthy, the 34-year-old converted 22 of his 24 saves while posting a 1.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 31:9 K:BB across 30.2 innings. If Morrow is ultimately sidelined to open the 2019 campaign, Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek and Carl Edwards are among the options to temporarily fill in as the team's closer.