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Chicago Cubs: No clear path to return for Morrow

When the Cubs opted to go for the bargain bin in signing Brandon Morrow, we all knew it came with one big risk – health.

Now, that’s no knock on the Chicago closer. It’s just a simple fact. When teams were throwing deals north of $50 million at back-end relievers, the Cubs opted for a discounted two-year deal for the former Dodgers shutdown arm. And, when he’s been on the mound, he’s earned every penny.

In 35 appearances, Morrow has pitched to a sterling 1.47 ERA and 1.076 WHIP, notching a career-high 22 saves. When Maddon hands him the ball, you pretty much know it’s ‘game over.’

But, what at first appeared to be an insignificant injury has sidelined Morrow since July 19 – and there’s no clear timetable for his return to the mound.

"“It felt good,” Morrow said after throwing off flat ground late last week. “I wasn’t pushing anything. It wasn’t the start of any sort of throwing program. Just test it out. Felt good.”"

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There is no rush. I know that sounds insane to say given the Cubs are locked in a heated battle for a postseason berth and division title, but it’s true. Pedro Strop has handled the ninth well – and the team loaded up on depth at the deadline. There’s one date circled on the calendar: October 4, when NL postseason play begins.