Brandon Morrow injured again; Cishek, Edwards, and Strop options to close

July 19, 2018

Chicago Cubs — Brandon Morrow is back on the disabled list, with right biceps inflammation, so maybe he was taking off his shirt this time. His injury last month didn’t clarify who would be favored to close in his absence, and the Cubs have three really good options: Steve Cishek (124 career saves), CJ Edwards (15.4 K/9 rate), and Pedro Strop (six straight years with sub-3 ERA for Cubs). We can’t tell you which of these guys will get the next save opp, but if you make us, we’ll rank them in that order. Also note: Joe Maddon thinks Morrow will be back soon.

Updated hierarchy: *Cishek | Edwards | Strop.
* = closer-by-committee