Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow will not return in 2018

Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow will not return in 2018

The Cubs were hoping to get closer Brandon Morrow back for the end of the regular season and playoffs, but Cubs President Theo Epstein announced the team was shutting down Morrow for the rest of the season before Tuesday's game in Arizona. Morrow, who posted a 1.47 ERA in 35 games, is expected to be ready for spring training in 2019.

Brandon Morrow will not return to the Cubs in 2018.

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 is dealing with a bone bruise in his arm and last pitched in an Major League Baseball game on July 15.

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Chicago had been using Pedro Strop as its closer in Morrow's absence.

"There's no panic here", Epstein said about the injuries to Chicago's relievers (via USA Today).

The 22-year-old Sheffield was 6-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 15 starts and five relief appearances for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre this year after going 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts for Double-A Trenton. He struck out 31 and walked nine in 30.2 innings on the mound.

Morrow was signed by the Cubs to a two-year deal in December.

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