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Cubs closer Brandon Morrow suffers back injury while taking off pants

Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow is on the mend after suffering back spasms early Monday morning that flared up while taking off his pants.

The injury occurred as Morrow undressed at home upon the Cubs’ return from St. Louis following a series with the Cardinals.

“Just undressing at my house,” Morrow told reporters on Tuesday, via ESPN. “Like 3 a.m., in the closet, got my right leg off. Left one just felt like a spasm in my back.

“It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go because of something stupid like taking your pants off.”

Morrow was unavailable for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers and deemed himself day-to-day at this point. The Cubs instead turned to Justin Wilson, who surrendered a two-run double to Kyle Farmer in the ninth inning, allowing the Dodgers to rally to a 4-3 victory in the front-end of the split doubleheader.

“I’m hoping that since it’s not like a trauma-induced spasm — like I wasn’t throwing a pitch or lifting something or twisting — that once the muscle relaxes it should be OK,” Morrow said. “It’s very localized. It’s not like it’s spreading out and stuff.

“Getting hurt any time’s frustrating, but when it’s not related to throwing a baseball it’s even that much more frustrating.”

There of course are no shortage of instances where major leaguers have suffered bizarre injuries involving seemingly mundane activities that have nothing to do with playing baseball. Morrow can now count himself among those impacted by such stupefying setbacks.