Brandon Morrow (Biceps) and Drew Smyly (Tommy John Rehab) Throwing on the Field

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Brandon Morrow (Biceps) and Drew Smyly (Tommy John Rehab) Throwing on the Field

Chicago Cubs

It’s a small thing, perhaps, but one of my favorite pre-game-type updates is when folks see injured/rehabbing players doing work on the field before a game.

To that end, we got a couple of those types of updates just now. Here’s lefty Drew Smyly (2017 Tommy John surgery) throwing a simulated game:

If that goes well today, it’s possible Smyly will head out on a rehab assignment. Typically, with a Tommy John rehab, a guy does short starts in the low minors, kinda working his way up and extending a bit as he climbs the ladder over the course of a month or so. Given that rosters expand to the full 40-man on September 1, that’s basically the trajectory I’d be looking at for Smyly’s debut with the Cubs, likely out of the bullpen.

Meanwhile, at long last, Brandon Morrow has picked up a baseball:

Obviously everyone wants Morrow back as soon as possible, but a mid-August return would be pretty solid, given his injury history, the fact that it was his arm (biceps), and the ability for him to be in place for the run-up to the postseason. Heck, I’d already been bracing myself for him to miss most of August.

Hopefully he throws comfortably today, and then again this weekend. Maybe he can get on the mound next week at some point? Fingers crossed.

UPDATE: So far, so good:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.