Throws off mound put Mor­row close to re­turn

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CUBS AND WHITE SOX - By Phil Rogers

Bran­don Mor­row threw off the Wrigley Field mound Satur­day — and prob­a­bly not for the last time this sea­son.

He could be ac­ti­vated within a few days, but Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don said Mor­row won’t re­turn as the closer. He will ini­tially work in less mean­ing­ful sit­u­a­tions and is un­likely to pitch on back-to-back days.

Mor­row has been out since July 15 with a bone bruise in his el­bow and had thrown only two bullpen ses­sions be­fore throw­ing 19 pitches Satur­day to bat­ters who stood at the plate but didn’t swing.

“You’ve got to eval­u­ate what you’re see­ing,” Mad­don said be­fore the Cubs’ 1-0 vic­tory over the Reds. “The other guys have been pitch­ing for a bit. He has not. … The hit­ters will tell (us) if he’s ready or not.”

Mor­row is pleased he’s close to be­ing ac­ti­vated and un­con­cerned how he’ll be used.

“I will throw in what­ever in­ning Joe puts me in,” said Mor­row, who is 22-for-24 in save sit­u­a­tions. “I’m com­fort­able pitch­ing wher­ever. … We’ll see. That’s not for me to say.”

Sales job: Credit Tyler Chat­wood and Mike Mont­gomery for help­ing the Cubs add pitch­ing depth.

Jorge De La Rosa said he chose the Cubs last month over other in­ter­ested teams be­cause of what his friends said about the sit­u­a­tion at Wrigley Field.

“I knew there were good guys in here,” De La Rosa said. “Chat­wood and Mont­gomery told me how it was here. That’s why I de­cided to come.”

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