Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
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Cubs shut down Morrow for season

Cubs shut down Morrow for season

Oft-injured Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was exceptional when he was able to pitch this season, but it's going to end with just 35 appearances.

The rest of Epstein's comments can be found here, but the Cubs President of Baseball Operations clearly has heard enough about the Cubs bullpen being doomed without Pedro Strop and Brandon Morrow, but that hasn't been the case.

The Cubs have had a great bullpen all season (their 3.30 reliever ERA is fourth in baseball and they rank sixth in save percentage), but the depth is being tested at present.

Morrow was examined by a specialist, whose findings revealed a bone bruise in the pitcher's right elbow wasn't healing, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales. Strop had been filling in as the team's closer with Morrow out of action.

Chicago has shut down the 34-year-old reliever for the season, general manager Theo Epstein told reporters Tuesday.

Morrow signed a two-year, $21million deal with the Cubs this offseason after he posted a breakout season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He struck out 31 and walked nine in 30 2/3 innings on the mound.

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