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July 9, 2020 12:16 PM
Brandon Morrow: Recovering from minor procedure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 8, 2020 07:00 PM
Brandon Morrow: Parting ways with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cubs are expected to release Morrow (elbow), Robert Murray of 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.

June 28, 2020 09:20 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Doesn't make initial player list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 3, 2020 08:12 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Should benefit from time off
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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.

February 29, 2020 03:16 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Suffers mild calf injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) suffered a mild calf strain after running Thursday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Morrow has been working on his recovery from last August's elbow surgery, but he's dealt with several setbacks along the way. He suffered a chest injury last week which felt good after throwing Thursday, but he'll now be sidelined approximately two weeks as a result of his newest injury. The right-hander hasn't appeared in the majors since July of 2018 due to several injuries, and his recent setbacks could hinder his outlook for an eventual major-league roster spot.

February 22, 2020 08:40 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Dealing with chest setback
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Morrow (elbow) is battling an upper right chest muscle strain and won't throw for at least a few days, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Injuries are sadly nothing new for the veteran, though they usually involve his arm. Morrow is in camp on a minor-league deal after missing all of 2019 with arm issues. The latest setback doesn't appear to be particularly significant, though it will affect his ability to get back into shape as he works his way back from his August elbow surgery.

February 17, 2020 01:16 AM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Returning from illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow/illness) is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Morrow has been sidelined for much of the last week with food poisoning, but his return to the mound indicates he's clear of the issue. The 35-year-old is taking a cautious approach in spring training -- throwing from a mound once every four days -- as he attempts to see major-league action for the first time since July 2018. Morrow re-signed with the Cubs on a minor-league deal after being sidelined all of 2019 with the elbow issues.

February 13, 2020 09:56 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Sick to start spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow's (elbow) spring training build-up has been delayed by a bout of food poisoning, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Morrow's scheduled Thursday bullpen session will be pushed back a day, but it's certainly a good sign that the issue isn't with his oft-injured right arm. The veteran returned to the Cubs on a minor-league deal over the offseason after missing the entirety of the 2019 campaign due to arm troubles. If healthy, he's a potential bullpen weapon, but it's hard to put much faith in a 35-year-old who's averaged 26 innings over the last six seasons.

February 11, 2020 01:52 AM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Cautious spring training approach
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) has thrown four mound sessions already after reporting to the Cubs' camp in Arizona early. He's going to be behind his teammates initially, throwing from a mound once every four days, Jordan Bastian of reports.

As Bastian further reports, Morrow has a stated goal of being ready by Opening Day, though his workout schedule makes achieving that goal unlikely. Given that he hasn't thrown in the majors since July 15, 2018, anything he can give the Cubs has to be treated as a bonus.

December 13, 2019 08:48 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Back with Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Morrow had his club option declined by Chicago at the beginning of November and will now return to the Cubs on a minor-league deal. He'll likely get a chance to face big-league hitters during spring training if he's healthy, but considering he hasn't pitched since 2018 due to shoulder issues, he seems unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.

November 4, 2019 12:20 PM
Brandon Morrow: Club option declined
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Morrow's (elbow) team option on his contract was declined by the Cubs on Monday, making him a free agent, Jesse Rogers of reports.

After signing with the Cubs prior to the 2018 season, Morrow battled arm injuries throughout the second half of 2018 and over the entire 2019 season, which helped lead the team to sign Craig Kimbrel as its closer. The 35-year-old pitched well in 2018, recording a 1.47 ERA with 22 saves over 35 appearances. Morrow has the talent to perform as a late reliever for a team next year, but his uncertain health is cause for concern heading into his age-36 season.

August 21, 2019 06:20 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Shut down for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Morrow reportedly suffered another setback and won't have enough time to get back up to speed before the end of the season. The oft-injured pitcher has been sidelined all year following November elbow surgery and a series of setbacks in his recovery efforts. According to Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald, Morrow will need to undergo another surgery to address this latest issue.

August 15, 2019 04:00 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Throws live BP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) threw live batting practice at the Cubs' spring training facilities in Arizona on Wednesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

The Cubs are hoping this is another positive step for the oft-injured right-hander, though they won't know until the hear how Morrow bounces back from the session. Assuming Morrow returns this season, he'll likely assume a setup role with Craig Kimbrel (knee) handling closing duties.

July 20, 2019 11:20 AM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Resumes facing hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) completed a live batting-practice session Thursday at the Cubs' extended spring training facility in Arizona, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Morrow has been on the shelf all season following November elbow surgery and has hit multiple snags in recovery efforts. The fact that the right-hander is in the midst of a throwing program is encouraging, but it's unclear when the Cubs will be ready to turn him loose for a minor-league rehab assignment. Realistically, Morrow won't be activated from the injured list until mid-August at the soonest and will likely be deployed in middle relief with Craig Kimbrel now handling closing duties for Chicago.

June 24, 2019 09:36 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Resumes mound work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to Jordan Bastian of, Morrow has already completed two side sessions with no issues. If everything goes well during Tuesday's session, the veteran reliever could be cleared to face live hitters shortly thereafter. With Craig Kimbrel close to joining the Cubs, Morrow is expected to fill a setup role once healthy.

June 8, 2019 03:40 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: No closer role waiting for him
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 6, 2019 04:20 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Throwing from 90 feet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet, Jordan Bastian of 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.

May 20, 2019 06:12 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Resumes throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 14, 2019 05:52 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: To be evaluated soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Morrow (elbow) will be evaluated later this week and could resume throwing at that point, Jordan Bastian of 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.

May 2, 2019 01:28 PM
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Shifted to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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