Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn’t positive the team will get back closer Brandon Morrow this season.
“It’s hard to get him up to speed,” Maddon told reporters Wednesday, via MLB.com. “You have to talk about building arm strength up, seeing hitters, throwing, day off, throwing again, and then just to be cautious regarding consecutive appearances.”
As of now, #Cubs feel they’d be lucky to get Morrow back. Maddon: “It’s hard to get him up to speed. You have to talk about building arm strength up, seeing hitters, throwing, day off, throwing again, and then just to be cautious regarding consecutive appearances”
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 5, 2018
Morrow has been on the disabled list since July with a biceps injury.
Before getting hurt he had 22 saves in 35 games with a 1.47 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. He signed a two-year, $21 million deal with the Cubs this offseason after posting a breakout year out of the bullpen with the Dodgers in 2017.
Since going down the Cubs have utilized Pedro Strop in the closer role as he has converted 11 saves in 15 opportunities.
Chicago is currently in first place in the National League Central with an 81-57 record. It has a three-game lead on the Brewers.