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Cubs Place Jose Veras On Disabled List, Recall Brian Schlitter

This should not surprise you.

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Friday, we learned that Cubs reliever Jose Veras had an issue with his left oblique; supposedly, this was brought on by all the side work he had been doing trying to get back to form. (I have my doubts about this, but...)

Anyway, Friday Veras was stated to be "day-to-day." Today, that will be at least 15 days:

Brian Schlitter was sent down two weeks ago, and now he's back. This still doesn't address the issue of who will close games for the Cubs. Pedro Strop seemed the next natural choice, but he failed spectacularly the other day. Justin Grimm and Hector Rondon have thrown well and they could be next in line. Rondon, in fact, has been quite good since last September.

This, of course, assumes that the Cubs actually have any games with situations that call for a closer.

Thought you'd like to know this in advance of tonight's game preview, which will now post at 4:30 p.m. CT (as opposed to the usual two hours before game time).