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Cubs Road Ahead: Measuring stick in St. Louis

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Cubs Road Ahead: Measuring stick in St. Louis

CSN's Chris Boden and Todd Hollandsworth are getting you ready for what's next with this week's Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs kicked off a four-game series in St. Louis Monday night as part of a seven-game road trip that also includes a stop in Milwaukee.

The four-game set in St. Louis represents a measuring stick for the Cubs, who came into the series at 13-10, 4.5 games behind the 18-6 Cardinals.

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"This is a good opportunity to go in there and prove what you're all about," Hollandsworth said. "It's a great test. I'm excited for it and the Cubs should be excited for it, too."

Hollandsworth also said the Cubs need to get their bats going after scoring just five runs against the Brewers over the weekend. The Cubs responded by putting up five runs in the first inning Monday night.

Check out what else Holly 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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