The Chicago Cubs career of pitcher Brandon Morrow took yet another turn on Wednesday, as Theo Epstein revealed that the hurler suffered a setback in his injury rehab and will miss the remainder of the season.
Morrow, who signed a two-year contract with the Cubs prior to the 2018 season, has not pitched since July 15 of last year, and his latest setback comes as he was recovering from offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery.
In late July, Morrow began facing live hitters, and had recently thrown live batting practice for the Cubs. He hadn’t yet received a minor league conditioning assignment at the time of the setback.
The Cubs have a $12 million option on Morrow’s contract for the 2020 season, but can buy him out for $3 million.
Morrow has pitched in 35 games for the Cubs, posting a 1.47 ERA and registering 22 saves in those contests. He struck out 31 batters and allowed just five earned runs in 30.2 innings of work during the 2018 season.