After positive developments with Yu Darvish in the last couple days, the Cubs got some more good news on the injury front as it relates to Brandon Morrow and Drew Smyly.
Morrow threw in the outfield at Wrigley Thursday afternoon, his first time doing so since hitting the DL on July 19 with right biceps inflammation. Morrow was originally placed on the 10-day DL, but was not ready to be activated after the when the time period expired.
Along with Smyly throwing a sim game, Morrow is out in left throwing off flat ground for what I believe is the first time since he went on the DL. Last week Morrow said it'd be about two weeks from the point when he started throwing again. pic.twitter.com/l3PZMAzeHf
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) August 2, 2018
Brandon Morrow said he played catch for about 30 throws. Felt ok. Will play a catch again tomorrow and see how it goes. Was asked if there was a silver lining in the sense he’ll be fresh when he comes back: “You make one up.” (a silver lining)
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 2, 2018
In his continued efforts to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, Smyly threw a simulated game this afternoon and is reportedly close to beginning a rehab assignment. What his role would be for the Cubs remains to be seen, but having another talented pitcher at your disposal is never a bad thing when you’re in the midst of a division race.
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 2, 2018
Cubs LHP Drew Smyly throwing a modified simulated game .He is getting close to going out on assignment .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 2, 2018