Throws off mound put Morrow close to return
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.”