Thanks to back spasms that kicked in when he was trying to take off his pants earlier this week, Brandon Morrow was unavailable for the Cubs yesterday, and now he’ll be unavailable for even longer.
Today, the Cubs put Morrow on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 17, which means he can’t come back for another week. Justin Hancock, who’d come up as the doubleheader 26th man yesterday, will stay on the roster in Morrow’s place.
So the Cubs will have to go by something akin to a closer-by-committee for at least the next week, a terrifying prospect not so much because they don’t have good pitchers, but because Morrow had been so darn smooth at the end of games. You lose that guy, everyone gets bumped up into different situations, and things can go sideways. And the Cubs are already without their top setup man in Carl Edwards Jr. (shoulder), whose timeline for return is still uncertain.
My guess is Pedro Strop and Justin Wilson will primarily get those final innings, but if they’re needed sooner in a game, then it’ll just kinda be whoever matches up best.
As for Morrow, he was hopeful this wouldn’t be a major thing as of yesterday, so the fact that he’s going on the disabled list now suggests he wasn’t feeling a ton better this morning. Throw in the fact that the bullpen is taxed and Hancock is already here, and maybe that pushed the Cubs a little more in this direction. Hopefully a week of rest will be enough to clear this out, because the Cubs very much need what Morrow had been supplying.