Pedro Strop is likely headed to the disabled list
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter May 6, 2014 10:17PM
Updated: June 8, 2014 6:44AM
Another reliever appears headed to the disabled list, with Pedro Strop scheduled for an MRI Wednesday on an ailing groin that forced him from the ninth inning during the Cubs’ 5-1 loss Tuesday to the White Sox.
Strop said he has been bothered by the groin for five days but wanted to pitch through it. He gave up three runs on a walk and three hits in the ninth, then left the game after two pitches to Alejandro De Aza.
“I couldn’t throw my slider at all,” he said. “I was trying to get away with my sinker, and they were right on it because they knew my slider wasn’t working.”
As imminent as a trade of Jeff Samardzija has looked since long before the season started, there is no indication that he will be moved any time soon, even as teams monitor the guy with the second-best ERA in the majors (1.62).
General manager Jed Hoyer said it’s quiet — as usual this time of year — on the trade front.
“Teams have to have a sense they can’t fill a hole internally or they can’t make a big enough improvement internally [to seek trades],” Hoyer said. “And people don’t usually come to that conclusion in May. That’s why the trade conversation usually takes awhile to get going.”
Despite rookie third baseman Mike Olt’s 5-for-42 skid that includes 19 strikeouts, there have been no discussions of sending him to the minors, manager Rick Renteria said.
“Hopefully, it’s a matter of stringing some hits together and getting back on track offensively,” said Hoyer, who likes the progress Olt has made defensively since spring shoulder soreness (despite Monday’s error).
“I like what we see from him. I just think right now he’s probably in a little bit of a slump and hopefully he’ll get through it.”
Last week’s rainout in Cincinnati has been rescheduled as the first part of a day-night doubleheader at 1:10 p.m. on July 8. It turns a four-game series into a five-gamer at the end of a 10-game trip.
◆ Electric-stuff reliever Arodys Vizcaino, who has an upper-90s fastball, was moved from the Florida State League to Class AA Tennessee, putting him in position to join the Cubs’ bullpen when and if needed. Hoyer said the Cubs will use “caution” with the right-hander, who hadn’t pitched since 2011 because of elbow problems.
◆ Renteria said he hadn’t decided who would be the designated hitter on Wednesday and Thursday. Olt and Nate Schierholtz filled the role during a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium last month.