The Chicago Cubs officially released injury-plagued relief pitcher Brandon Morrow on Wednesday. Morrow has not pitched for the Cubs in over two years due to elbow and back ailments.
Morrow signed a two-year deal with the Cubs during the 2017 offseason after a brief stint with the Los Angles Dodgers. The signing looked promising for the first two and half months of the 2018 season, then things started to fall apart right before the All-Star break. On July 20th he landed on the injured list due to back tightness. It only got worse from there as he would miss the remainder of the season due to a lingering elbow injury.
Morrow did show promise of a return to the Cubs, but he had major setbacks over the last two seasons.
This move does not come as a surprise, especially after Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said there was no realistic scenario in which Morrow would make the 2020 roster. Epstein also wished Morrow all of the best going forward in his baseball career.
Before all of the injuries, Morrow was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. From 2015 through the halfway point of the 2018 season, Morrow posted an ERA of 2.04 and a 1.062 WHIP over 123.1 innings.
According to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network, Morrow still hopes to play this season. For his sake, hopefully that statement comes true and he can return to his dominant ways.