Mor­row likely won’t be ready for sea­son af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Mark Gon­za­les, Chicago Tri­bune

CHICAGO — The Chi­icago Cubs’ search for late-in­ning re­lief help is more press­ing than orig­i­nally be­lieved.

Closer Bran­don Mor­row un­der­went arthro­scopic surgery on his right el­bow last month and likely won’t be ready for the start of the sea­son.

Team Pres­i­dent Theo Ep­stein re­vealed Thurs­day that Mor­row, who didn’t pitch in the se­cond half be­cause of a bone bruise, un­der­went the pro­ce­dure Nov. 6.

Af­ter pain from the bruise sub­sided, Mor­row re­ported the el­bow didn’t feel healthy. His surgery was sim­i­lar to that of right-han­der Yu Darvish, who is re­cov­er­ing well af­ter un­der­go­ing a lateAu­gust pro­ce­dure to clean up car­ti­lage.

Pe­dro Strop, who had 13 saves last sea­son, is the Cubs’ most ex­pe­ri­enced re­liever to fill the closer role.

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