The news is out and it’s bad. Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a moderate left hamstring strain and will miss the rest of the regular season. At the end of the year, he will be re-evaluated to determine whether he can pitch in the postseason.
As you all know by now, Strop was injured running out a grounder to first base, trying to avoid a double play in the tenth inning of yesterday’s game against the Nationals.
Strop has been the Cubs closer since Brandon Morrow went on the disabled list on July 19 with right biceps inflammation. This year, Strop has made 60 appearances and gone 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA. He has 13 saves in 17 opportunities.
This means that the already thin Cubs bullpen will be even thinner for the final two weeks of the season. There is hope, however, that Morrow will return to active duty sometime next week. In the meantime, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will have to get creative to get through the final innings of games.