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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brandon Morrow will miss the rest of the 2018 MLB season because of a lingering elbow injury.On Tuesday Pat Neshek Jersey , Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced Morrow, who's been on the 10-day disabled list since mid-July because of a bone bruise in his elbow, won't return this year, per Patrick Mooney of The Athletic.The 34-year-old California native was scheduled to make his return from the DL this week after sounding an optimistic tone following a bullpen session Saturday."My mechanics have been free; I don't feel like I'm holding back," hetold reporters. "Everything feels good coming out. My command of my breaking stuff was really good, I thought. I have plenty to compete and throw the ball competitively. I'm the sign-off. If it feels the same [Sunday], everything's all good."Bob Nightengale ofUSA Todayprovided further details from Epstein about Morrow and the Cubs' bullpen situation without him for the rest of the regular season and a potential playoff run:Bob Nightengale BNightengaleBrandon Morrow simply couldn鈥檛 recover from bone bruise, Theo Epstein says, leaving#Cubs with closer by committeeMorrow was terrific before the injury. He posted a 1.47 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 31 strikeouts in 30.2 innings across 35 appearances. He also converted 22 of his 24 save opportunities.The success came after he signed a two-year, $21 millioncontractwith the Cubs in December.Steve Cishek, Jesse Chavez, Carl Edwards Jr. and Jorge De La Rosa will continue to split the late-inning work http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authe ... tra-jersey , with Pedro Strop sidelined for the remainder of the regular season with ahamstring injury. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yasiel Puig has never missed the postseason since making his major league debut in 2013, and he doesn’t plan on ending that run.Puig homered three times and had a career-high seven RBIs, giving him five homers in two games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed St. Louis 17-4 Saturday and moved into first place in the National League West.The Dodgers moved a half-game ahead of Colorado in the division following the Rockies’ 3-0 loss to San Francisco.The Cardinals are a half-game behind Colorado in the race for the second National League wild card.“We want to be back in the playoffs, like every year.” Puig said. “We need to play like a team, like family, hard every day, every pitch, in every situation.”Puig hit a solo homer in the fourth off John Gant (7-6) and three-run drives in the fifth against Mike Mayers and in the seventh versus Luke Weaver. Puig raised his season total to 21 homers with the first three-homer game of his major league career. He became the fourth Dodgers hitter since 2000 with consecutive multihomer games after Cody Bellinger, Adrian Beltre, and Shawn Green.“He’s focused, and he understands the importance of every pitch Rhys Hoskins Jersey ,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “For him to be as productive, have that day, get us on the board, have some space with the score, we needed every bit of it today. Guys fed off of his energy.”Bellinger hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Luke Weaver and had a career-high six RBIs. The defending NL champions have won four consecutive games and nine of their last 14.“Once you see him do it, you’re like, oh, I can do this,” Bellinger said of Puig. “I think that’s just for everybody. That’s why it’s so contagious. We’ve got a good thing going and we’re going to try and keep it going.Rich Hill (9-5) allowed four runs, two hits and four walks in five innings, improving to 3-1 in seven starts against the Cardinals.St. Louis has lost four straight games for the third time this season and has dropped eight of its last 13 games.Gant allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.“You can’t walk those guys http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authe ... ana-jersey ,” Gant said. “You’ve just got to come out and bear down harder than that.”Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 11th for Los Angeles and 35th this year overall. The Dodgers have homered in 23 consecutive games, the longest streak in the major leagues this season and one shy of the franchise record set in 1953.Patrick Wisdom put St. Louis ahead 4-3 in the fourth with his first big league grand slam. Bellinger hit a two-run single off Tyler Webb in the fifth.“Hopefully they got all their hits out today,” Wisdom said. “I think everyone’s flushed what happened today, and we’re moving on.”WELCOME BACKDodgers youngster Julio Urias pitched a perfect ninth inning in his first big league appearance since early in the 2017 season. The 22-year-old left-hander missed over a year following surgery on his left shoulder. Urias struck out one and threw nine of his 12 pitches for strikes.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: RHP John Axford (broken right fibula) allowed one run and one hit in two-thirds of an inning Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, which completed a three-game sweep of Visalia to win the California League title. LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) pitched a scoreless inning for the Quakes. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said both will be activated from the DL on Monday.UP NEXTRHP Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.70) starts for St. Louis in the Sunday night finale of the four-game series, and RHP Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.61) opens for the Dodgers.
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