It’s official: Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS, followed by Rich Hill in Game 3. Kershaw will be pitching on short rest after tossing seven pitches in Game 5 of the NLDS, while Hill will go on normal rest. Dave Roberts has yet to announce a starter for Game 4.
Below are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS, which is slated to start at 8 PM EDT.
Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow, on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from elbow and forearm issues, suffered a setback and has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.
Morrow, 35, hasn’t pitched since July 15, 2018. The right-hander inked a two-year, $21 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017 but has been unable to stay healthy. When he did pitch last year, he was excellent, limiting the opposition to five runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 31 strikeouts and 22 saves in 30 2/3 innings.
Morrow is likely done as a Cub. He has a vesting option for 2020 worth $12 million. The details aren’t publicly available but it presumably won’t vest. The Cubs can instead buy him out for $3 million, making him a free agent.