Cubs' Pedro Strop Suffers Hamstring Injury

Strop's availability for Opening Day on March 28 is in doubt.

Bruce Levine
March 12, 2019 - 8:11 pm
Cubs reliever Pedro Strop

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MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- The Cubs' closer role got a little more complicated Tuesday.

An MRI revealed that reliever Pedro Strop, the likely choice to fill the void of rehabbing closer Brandon Morrow, has suffered a slight strain of his right hamstring. The injury occurred on Strop's final pitch against the Angels on Saturday and has left his availability for the season opener at Texas on March 28 in doubt.

"According to the MRI, it was barely noticeable," manager Joe Maddon said. "We don't think it will be anything horribly long. We don't know for sure. We would like to think we will be able to get him ready for the beginning of the season. If not, maybe shortly thereafter.

"It is something we caught quickly. We don't think it's bad. You don't push a guy like that right now."

Strop suffered a left hamstring strain last Sept. 13, which sidelined him for nearly three weeks, though he returned to pitch a scoreless inning in the Cubs' loss in the National League wild-card game.

This time around, the Cubs believe Strop will miss a week of mound work before returning to competition and trying to get himself in form for the regular season.

"He will be able to throw all week," Maddon said. "He will be able to continue to throw. He won't be able to throw as he does in a game. We don't want him to field his position. So we will hold him back. He will continue to move his arm and see if we can get him ready for the season."

Strop had a 2.26 ERA and converted 13 of 17 save opportunities in 2018, when Morrow was sidelined by injury for the entire second half. Steve Cishek, Brad Brach, Brandon Kintzler and Carl Edwards Jr. are among those who could get closing opportunities if Strop remains sidelined to start the regular season.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.