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Cubs closer Morrow shut down for rest of 2018

21 September 2018

However, Cubs President of Operations Brandon Morrow is being shut down for the rest of the season.

And when factoring in how many relievers in the bullpen have closing experience, the Cubs bullpen is in better shape than most despite suffering injuries in the second half to their two main closing options in Strop and Morrow.

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Morrow registered a 1.47 ERA with 22 saves in 35 appearances this season.

Morrow was examined by a specialist, whose findings revealed a bone bruise in the pitcher's right elbow wasn't healing, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales. Strop has 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA.

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NEW YORK - Left-hander Justus Sheffield was put on the roster by the New York Yankees and could make his major league debut this week. NY moved him to the bullpen in late August as preparation for a possible callup as a reliever.

"We knew we were running out of time to begin with", Morrow told reporters, "just the nature of the injury and the amount of time it takes to clear out". "I woke up feeling the same way I did a couple months ago".

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Abreu was admitted on Tuesday to a hospital in Cleveland and had the infection "cleaned up", manager Rick Renteria said before the White Sox opened a three-game series with the Indians.

Cubs closer Morrow shut down for rest of 2018