Brandon Morrow has been an outstanding edition to the Cubs bullpen in 2018. While some other high profile closers who signed in the offseason have struggled a bit, Morrow has adapted well to his new role. He has 16 saves for the Cubs so far this year in 17 chances. He’s striking out 9.93 per nine innings and opponents are hitting a paltry .210 against him. All of this has contributed to a 1.59 ERA and a ridiculous 89.8 percent strand rate.
So Cubs fans were rightfully confused when he didn’t enter the first game of the doubleheader against the Dodgers on Tuesday with the Cubs up by one run in the ninth inning. I don’t want to dwell on how that turned out too much (you can relive it here, if you’re so inclined) but what was more astounding than Morrow not being available for the game was how the Cubs closer’s back had tightened up the day before. From USA Today:
“Just undressing at my house,” Morrow, who has 16 saves this season, told reporters on Tuesday. “Like 3 a.m., in the closet, got my right leg off. Left one just felt like a spasm in my back. It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go because of something stupid like taking your pants off.
That’s right, the Cubs had to put their closer on the 10-day disabled list because he injured himself taking off his pants.
Well, Cubs baseball Twitter has been having a little fun with Morrow, offering him pants suggestions in the hopes of preventing another injury like this going forward, and today Morrow expressed his gratitude:
Lots of great advice on here, can’t wait for these to arrive. Versatile/low-profile pockets, reinforced-knee stitching…metal zipper! Thanks Twitter! pic.twitter.com/prqsrqxX63— Brandon Morrow (@2Morrow23) June 21, 2018
Well played, Brandon Morrow. You may not be much of a dancer, but you’ve got a wicked sense of humor.
And best of luck with your new injury-free pants!