Cubs closer Brandon Morrow says back injury is a result of taking off his pants

Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow hates pants just as much as the rest of us. Morrow, however, probably has more legitimate reasons for being angry with his clothes. The reliever says pants are to blame for his latest injury.

What happened?

After not pitching in the Cubs’ late-inning 4-3 loss during Game 1 of the team’s double-header Tuesday, it was revealed Morrow was unavailable due to an injury. Morrow later revealed he was dealing with a back issue.

How did that happen? Allow Morrow to explain.

Morrow says he felt his back spasm as he was taking off his pants following the team’s late game in St. Louis on Sunday night.

Morrow’s absence hurt the Cubs on Tuesday. The 33-year-old reliever could only watch as the team let a lead slip away in the ninth inning. Morrow has a 1.59 ERA over 22 2/3 innings in 2018.

How does that happen?

We’re unsure. As far as we know, taking off one’s pants isn’t an aggressive act. But we also have no idea how badly Morrow wanted to get his pants off.

If there’s a silver lining, no one has mentioned a stint on the disabled list just yet. That indicates Morrow might be able to return to the mound after a day or two.

All of this sounds profoundly stupid

It is. And Morrow agrees.

Not the first dumb injury

This may be one of the first times pants were to blame for a baseball injury, but it’s far from the first time a baseball player injured themselves in a dumb way. A sneeze once sidelined Sammy Sosa, suitcases took out Salvador Perez and Jonathan Lucroy and a drone sliced Trevor Bauer’s finger.

Of that bunch, though, this one might be the most embarrassing. At least Morrow has that going for him.

Brandon Morrow injured himself while taking off his pants. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Brandon Morrow injured himself while taking off his pants. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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