The Chicago Cubs may have gotten a new pitching coach today, but they've lost a star pitcher for the next several months.
Shortly after the announcement that they've promoted Tommy Hottovy to pitching coach comes the word from the Cubs that key bullpen cog Brandon Morrow has undergone elbow surgery and may miss the start of the 2019 season.
The surgery, which was to clean up the cartilage in his right elbow, apparently happened on Nov. 6, though it took us a full month to hear about it.
Epstein: Brandon Morrow had arthroscopic debridement procedure on Nov. 6 (“cleanup of cartilage”). Could impact availability in April.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) December 6, 2018
This is a big blow to the Cubs, who signed Morrow to a two-year deal as a free agent from the Dodgers last season in order to improve their bullpen.
There is a silver lining in this, and that's that Morrow isn't expected to miss significant time during the season. So, if the Cubs are competing late in the year, they'll have Morrow back and healthy to help them make a run. Still, this is not something that Cubs fans wanted to hear.