Former Cubs closer Brandon Morrow headlines list of Cubs non-roster spring invitees
The injury-plagued right-hander has been healthy throughout the winter after missing the last year and a half because of injuries.
Twelve pitchers, including former Cubs closer Brandon Morrow, are among 21 non-roster players the Cubs have invited to spring training, which opens next week.
Morrow, the once-dominant right-hander, hasn’t pitched since before the All-Star break in 2018 because of injuries, but he has been healthy this winter and offered to return on a minor-league contract. Morrow, who made $21 million on a two-year deal through 2019, will make $1 million in base salary if he stays healthy enough to make the Opening Day roster.
Other non-roster right-handers invited to camp: Jason Adam, Oscar de la Cruz, Dakota Mekkes, Caleb Simpson, Brock Stewart and Ben Taylor. Non-roster lefties: Rex Brothers (back for a second try with the Cubs), Danny Hultzen, Tyler Olson, C.D. Pelham and Wyatt Short.
Nine non-roster hitters also were invited to camp: infielders Carlos Asuaje, Trent Giambrone, Corban Joseph and Hernan Perez; outfielders Noel Cuevas and Ian Miller; and catchers P.J. Higgins, Jhonny Pereda and Josh Phegley.
Pitchers and catchers report Tuesday.