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Cubs Road Ahead: Looking to build some momentum at home

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Cubs Road Ahead: Looking to build some momentum at home

CSN's David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth preview the upcoming matchups against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in this week's Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Joe Maddon acknowledged this week that the Cubs are still in a decent position even though they haven't played to their capabilities this season.

After Sunday's extra-inning loss to Milwaukee, the Cubs have now dropped seven of their last nine games, yet still sit in second place in the NL Central with a 15-15 record. 

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But it won't be easy to turn things around with a pair of difficult opponents entering Wrigley Field in the Mets — the surprise team of the MLB season so far — and the Pirates, who've won three of their last four games thanks, in large part, to Andrew McCutchen catching fire.

"Andrew McCutchen is starting to wake up. He's had a little bit of a better week this week," Hollandsworth said. "When he gets rolling, they seem to respond to him."

Check out what else Kaplan and Hollandsworth had to say in the video above.

 

Brandon Morrow sidelined with upper chest strain, no timetable for return

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Brandon Morrow sidelined with upper chest strain, no timetable for return

Brandon Morrow’s comeback attempt has hit a bump in the road.

Morrow, the Cubs reliever and former closer, has what the club is calling a “mild right upper chest strain,” according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Bastian added Morrow felt the strain in his last bullpen session and there is no clear timeline for his return.

The strain is the latest ailment to sideline the oft-injured Morrow, who hasn't pitched since July 2018 due to a series of arm troubles. The 35-year-old has undergone two elbow surgeries since then (November 2018, September 2019) before becoming a free agent this winter. He rejoined the Cubs on a minor-league deal.

Morrow entered camp optimistic the latest procedure did the trick to get his elbow healthy. The Cubs have been easing him into action — the right-hander is throwing one bullpen every four days. Morrow said earlier this month he’s experienced some aches and pains but attributed those to being part of the rehab process.

Morrow is listed as day-to-day, according to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune. But considering his injury history — and the fact he was already unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster —  the Cubs will proceed with extreme caution. There's no need to expedite his return, mild strain or not.

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David Ross has flu, won't manage Saturday's spring training opener

David Ross has flu, won't manage Saturday's spring training opener

David Ross' spring training managerial debut will have to wait until Sunday, at least.

The Cubs' first-year skipper has the flu and will miss Saturday's game against the Oakland A's. Bench coach Andy Green will be the acting manager in his place.

Saturday isn't going as planned for the North Siders. Besides Ross' absence, inclement weather in Arizona forced the club to push back first pitch from 2:10 p.m. CT to 7:10 p.m.

Weather permitting, here's the lineup the Cubs are rolling out tonight against Oakland:

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