Good news: Cano is day-to-day following his beaning (with bonus video)

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As Drew noted last night, Robinson Cano was hit in the head by a Nate Adcock pitch in the fifth inning of the Yankees-Royals game.  Good news this morning: Cano’s CT scan came back negative and, while he’ll probably sit out today’s series finale against the Royals, he is day-to-day and could very well be in the lineup tomorrow against the Red Sox.

I have nothing else to add to this other than “that’s a relief.”  But since I made you click through to read this much, I may as well reward you for your time.  So, courtesy of Baseball Crank, here’s Pete Rose, caught on film a few hours before he was disciplined by the Reds for fraternizing with a member of “the working press.”

Brandon Morrow shut down for the rest of the season

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Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.

It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.

Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.

Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.