Eventual(?) Cubs closer Brandon Morrow took his next rehab step today, and it was a biggy: throwing a bullpen session off the mound.
By all accounts, it went as well as can be expected:
Morrow threw 20 pitches (all fastballs) off mound today, per Cubs PC Tommy Hottovy. Next mound session likely Thursday or Friday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 18, 2019
On a quiet day most of his Cubs teammates had off, relief pitcher Brandon Morrow threw off a mound for the first time this spring — throwing with ease and a zip on his fastball.
— Chicago Sports (@ChicagoSports) March 18, 2019
That all sounds good and measured from Morrow in the Tribune piece. He’s coming back from November elbow surgery on the back of a half-lost season. He’s 34 and has been injured for most of his career. I doubt he’s the kind of guy who is going to come out of the gate saying YES I AM DEFINITELY COMPLETELY 100% AND I GUARANTEE THERE WILL BE NO SETBACKS! Instead, he’s going to be thoughtful, and just say it straight: today was a good day. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Here’s hoping his recovery continues to go according to schedule, which would have him heading out for a minor league rehab assignment in mid-April.