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Brandon Morrow: “All things equal, I’d probably be going back to the Dodgers.”


Free agent reliever Brandon Morrow would like to return to the Dodgers. In an appearance on MLB Network Radio, the right-hander said, “All things being equal, I’d probably be going back to the Dodgers.” Here’s all of what he said in the clip provided by MLB Network Radio:

Things are still quiet, but obviously you’d love to go back to the place where you had success and the Dodgers are set to be good for a long time. That’s obviously very attractive to be with a team that’s going to compete and I think that’s obviously very high on my list at 33 years old, to get back to the playoffs. Getting so close to try and win one, I think that’s probably going to be the leading factor in my decision-making is teams with a chance. I don’t care about closing, just throwing from the sixth to the eighth inning. I’m cool pitching wherever and just looking for the best fit in the next few weeks.

All things equal, I’d probably be going back to the Dodgers. But there’s decisions they gotta make and other clubs are hopefully be coming after you and seeing what their pitch is. There’s a lot going into it. Definitely, building that with them and having the success that I did and knowing how the clubhouse is there and the guys on the squad and how much young talent they have, how good they’re going to be for years to come, to be able to hopefully be in that for three to four years. A lot of other teams like that, it’s definitely an attractive situation.

Morrow, 33, had been a starter for most of his career, but constantly had his seasons cut short due to injuries. He had a full and healthy season with the Dodgers in 2017, putting up a 2.06 ERA with a 50/9 K/BB ratio across 43 2/3 innings. Morrow became even more valuable to the Dodgers in the postseason, appearing in every single postseason game except Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs. In 14 playoff appearances last month, he gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.