Morrow's surgery may change the Cubs' plans in the free agent reliever market, according to ESPN.

Cubs closer Brandon Morrow may miss start of next season after elbow surgery, report says

Cubs closer Brandon Morrow is likely to miss even more time.

According to ESPN, Morrow underwent minor surgery on his elbow last month and may have to miss some games to start the 2019 season.

"This was a cleanup of some cartilage, done arthroscopically," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday.

He added: "Doing well. Progressing without limitations."

Morrow was limited to 35 games in 2018 as he dealt with back and arm injuries.

He tallied 22 saves with a 1.47 ERA.

According to ESPN, the Cubs may now be more active in the free-agent market for relievers.

The report says Chicago has shown some interest in Yankees reliever Zach Britton, but nothing is imminent.

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Indians listening to offers for vet

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Angels in on Mike Moustakas

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Yankees acquire Britton

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Britton has recorded four saves and holds a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings on the mound this season.

Yankees after Arenado

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