Chicago Cubs Brandon Morrow suffers setback in rehab

Brandon Morrow, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Brandon Morrow, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs Brandon Morrow suffered a setback, dealing with a strained muscle in his right chest.

Well, heck. Apparently, the Chicago Cubs Brandon Morrow needs to find a new hobby. He suffered a strained muscle in his upper right chest, essentially squashing his comeback (for the time being.) Morrow, who hasn’t pitched since July 2018, dealt with another injury. It seems that he always is going to be injured, and that’s the way it is.

Back in 2019, Jed Hoyer was still feeling confident but wasn’t banking on it. It’s convenient because he hasn’t pitched this year, either. Two straight years. He’s on a minor-league deal. I got to be honest? I don’t see him pitching for the Cubs. Maybe he can break out with another team. But not the Cubs.

We’ll take it back to the 2017 World Series. I’ll leave the puns for the Houston Astros haters. Needless to say, I’m m not happy with them. Morrow thew in every game of the World Series. Every. Game. And he hasn’t closed in a decade.

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In his six out of seven, he was masterful. He surrendered just one run on four hits in only 5 1/3 innings. In Game 5, he gave up two homers and four runs without recording an out. So drop Game 5, and he’s firm.

But he’s isn’t going to pitch for a while. An ‘upper right chest’ injury is serious. He’s on a minor league deal so that he could be retained. But I don’t think so. I think he’ll get released and catch on somewhere else.

In other news, the Cubs David Ross missed his first game because of the flu. He felt ‘under the weather’ and was sent home. Andy Green took over and led a 12-2 victory. He managed the San Diego Padres for the last four years.

This is the 42nd consecutive start by the manager–longest in the Cactus League. It comes to an end with that start.

Ross was ‘ramped up’ before the flu sidelined him. He was thinking about this game in imparticular.

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"“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Ross said. “As a player, you’re just trying to walk through things. As a manager, you’re ready to get going.”"

Ross will try to end that ‘streak’ by managing at the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ.