RHP Brandon Morrow lands on 10-day DL … RHP Justin Hancock stays up with the big league club
Prior to the Cubs 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon, the team placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day DL with lower back tightness. Morrow’s trip to the disabled list was backdated to June 17.
RHP Justin Hancock, who was the 26th man on the Cubs roster for Tuesday’s twinbill, remained with the big league club.
Brandon Morrow was unavailable for the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader due to back tightness. Morrow admitted he back issues started when he took his pants off following the Cubs returning from St. Louis. Morrow did not think he would require a DL stint. But due to the Cubs schedule, a move had to be made in order to help the worn out bullpen.
Morrow, 33, has no record, 16 saves, a 1.59 ERA (four earned runs in 22 2/3 innings) and a 1.14 WHIP in 26 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He ranks second in the National League with a 94.1 save percentage and is tied for fifth in the league with 16 saves.
Justin Hancock, 27, has no record, a 1.64 ERA (two earned runs in 11 innings) and a 1.27 WHIP in eight relief outings with the Cubs this season.
Joe Maddon said he will use matchups to determine which of his relievers will be used as the closer while Morrow is out.