Cubs closer Brandon Morrow underwent a scope on his elbow in November, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Specifcally, the procedure was an arthroscopic debridement, which is a cleanup of cartilage. Morrow’s status for the start of the 2019 regular season is still up in the air.
Morrow, 34, had an injury-shortend 2018 season for the Cubs, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. He went on the disabled list around the All-Star break due to inflammation in his right biceps.
Health has always been an issue for Morrow, who spent his formative years in the Blue Jays’ starting rotation, but crossed the 25-start plateau only twice. Since moving to the bullpen, he has crossed 40 innings only once, in 2017 with the Dodgers (43 2/3 innings).
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.