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.
Morrow (elbow) completed a live batting-practice session Thursday at the Cubs' extended spring training facility in Arizona, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com 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.
Morrow (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, 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.
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.
Morrow (elbow) will remain shut down from throwing for two weeks after receiving an injection of synthetic lubricant Monday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Morrow has been shut down since April 20 after he experienced renewed discomfort in his right elbow during a throwing session. The 34-year-old remains without a timetable for his return, and will require significant rehab work once he's able to restart his throwing program.
Morrow (elbow) could resume throwing in a few weeks, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Morrow was shut down from throwing over the weekend after experiencing discomfort during a side session. While the right-hander is still being evaluated, it sounds like he's at least multiple weeks away from picking back up a throwing program, leaving his return date up in the air. Pedro Strop should continue to fill in as Chicago's closer while Morrow is on the mend.
Manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that the Cubs will "slow things down" with Morrow (elbow) after he experienced discomfort during a recent side session, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
There had been some optimism that Morrow might be back from the 10-day injured list in early May, but the setback probably takes that off the table. The right-hander is now without a concrete timeline for a return from offseason elbow surgery, which could prompt the Cubs to explore the market for other late-inning reinforcements. Even if Morrow's shutdown period remains brief, there's no guarantee he'll reclaim the closer role he held last season once he returns. That might make it tough to justify stashing him in fantasy leagues with limited bench or IL spots.
Morrow (elbow) is throwing live batting practice sessions at extended spring training in Arizona, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
It was reported earlier this month that Morrow was one bullpen session away from being cleared to face live hitters, and he apparently had no issues with his final bullpen. The 34-year-old could be ticketed for a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future after undergoing elbow surgery in November.
Morrow (elbow) is scheduled to throw one more bullpen before being cleared to face live hitters, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Morrow is reportedly progressing on schedule in his recovery from November elbow surgery. If he continues to progress without any setbacks, the right-hander could begin a minor-league rehab assignment in mid-April, which would put him on track to make his 2019 debut sometime in May.
Morrow (elbow) was placed on the 10-day IL, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
This was always going to be the case, but the move became official Thursday. Morrow could head to the minors in mid-April for a rehab assignment, but it would not be surprising at all if he faced setbacks and delays, given his personal injury history and the nature of this specific injury.
Morrow (elbow) said Monday that he believes he'll be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in mid-April, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Morrow noted that his eventual advancement to the rehab assignment would be contingent on him completing several tests beforehand, including approximately three bullpen and two live batting practice sessions. He'll stick around in Arizona at extended spring training and begin the season on the injured list in advance of the Cubs' Opening Day game March 28 versus the Rangers.
Morrow (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Morrow ramped things up after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen with no issues earlier in the week. The right-hander threw all fastballs again and said everything went well afterwards. Barring any setbacks, Morrow is hoping to return to game action in May.
Morrow (elbow) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Morrow continues to slowly work his way back from November elbow surgery. He threw strictly fastballs during Monday's session and reported no issues afterwards. Assuming the right-hander still feels good in the coming days, he'll likely ramp things up during another mound session later in the week (Thursday or Friday). Morrow still isn't expected to be ready for game action until at least May.
Morrow (elbow) will throw a long-toss session Friday and a bullpen session Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Morrow is still not expected to be ready for game action until May, but his recovery from November elbow surgery continues to move forward without setbacks. While he's out, Pedro Strop is expected to handle the ninth inning, though Strop is dealing with a mild right hamstring strain. Carl Edwards and Steve Cishek would be the next men up should Strop also be forced to miss time.
Morrow (elbow) is scheduled to throw from 150 feet Sunday, Wednesday and Friday before possibly logging a bullpen session March 18, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
March 25 was originally penciled in as the target date for Morrow's first bullpen session of the spring, so his rehab looks slightly ahead of schedule. However, the Cubs will likely remain cautious with their closer, who isn't expected to join the team until May as he recovers from biceps inflammation that ended his 2018 campaign in July.
Morrow (elbow) continues to build up his throwing distance but isn't expected to complete a bullpen session until around March 25, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Morrow has now been throwing from 120 feet but still isn't particularly close to getting back on the mound. The Cubs have handled his recovery from November elbow surgery cautiously, a smart move considering the veteran's lengthy injury history. He isn't expected to return to game action until May. In the meantime, Pedro Strop is lined up for closing duties.
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