Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is dealing with a bit of “tired arm,” according to manager Lou Piniella.
“He has a little bit of a tired arm,” Piniella said before Monday’s game against the Reds. “There’s no pain in any particular area, but just achy. What I’m going to do is talk to him, and if that’s the case, we can stay away from him. We’ve got to know it.”
That sounds a bit like what is commonly referred to as “dead arm,” which is a straining of the fibrous tissue that connects the tendons of the rotator cuff to the shoulder, caused by overuse and the repetitive throwing motion. It is typically associated with starting pitchers, not relievers.
Thus, I suppose the “tired arm,” not “dead arm.” Gregg’s arm isn’t used quite as much as a starter’s, so it isn’t quite dead. Just tired.
Frankly, it sounds like an excuse following two ugly blown saves, but even if it is merely an excuse, it was worthwhile to get Gregg a little rest anyway. If only the Cubs could figure out a less heart-stopping closer option in Gregg’s absence than Carlos Marmol.