It’s been a dreadful year for Cubs closers. Especially when our fill-in closer Pedro Strop hurt his hamstring running down the baseline during an at-bat. That’s how bad the situation has been. And there’s finally some good news to report on.
Strop who has been ruled out for the regular season, has his eyes set on a postseason return. When the Cubs do make it, he would have another weeks worth of rest. That’s good news and it only gets better. The Cubs are ‘encouraged’ by the progress of Strop, pitching coach Jim Hickey said on Wednesday morning.
“I’m very encouraged with what he did yesterday,” Hickey said in an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning. “I’m not going to say he threw a bullpen yesterday. He was in the bullpen and he was on the mound and he had the catcher a little bit short of home plate, and he threw about an 18-pitch very spirited bullpen — air quotes around the bullpen — and he came out of that just fine.
Listen to the full podcast with Jim Hickey on the Cubs flagship station below: