Morgan was placed on the bereavement list Friday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. Players may miss between three and seven days while on the bereavement list, placing Morgan's return sometime between Monday and Friday next week. Tommy Nance was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Morgan secured a save while tossing a perfect ninth inning in Monday's 4-3 win over the Reds. The veteran collected his second save of the season after getting Tyler Naquin, Max Schrock and Joey Votto to go down in order to end the game. The 31-year-old has been very effective for the Cubs this season. Since the beginning of August, he has posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while collecting four holds and two saves.
Morgan earned the save against the Rockies in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader with a perfect inning. The Cubs asked Morgan to protect a three-run lead in the final frame, and he did so with relative ease, setting down the side in order on 14 pitches. Codi Heuer -- who picked up Chicago's most recent save -- pitched in the fifth and sixth frames, suggesting that the team isn't locked into a single closer. That could bode well for Morgan, who has pitched well in his first campaign with the Cubs, posting a 2.50 ERA and 22:8 K:BB across 18 innings.
Morgan's contract was selected by the Cubs on Tuesday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports. Morgan joined the Cubs on a minor-league deal in January and wasn't in the mix to break camp with the team, as he was still working his way back from October elbow surgery. He's looked quite good in 16.1 innings of relief for Triple-A Iowa, however, backing up his 2.20 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with a 21:3 K:BB. Trevor Megill was optioned in a corresponding move.
Morgan (elbow) has allowed four baserunners (two hit batsmen, one hit and one walk) while striking out seven across five innings over his first four appearances at Triple-A Iowa this season. The lefty didn't make much of a push for a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen in spring training while he was still in recovery mode from an offseason elbow procedure, but he's turned some heads with his performance so far at Triple-A. Though the 31-year-old doesn't have a spot on the 40-man roster, he'll still likely represent one of the top options for a call-up if the Cubs require another southpaw reliever at any point in 2021.
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