Chicago Cubs reliever – not closer – Kevin Gregg suffered a cracked rib at some point this year, and now it’s going to cost him the rest of the year.
The Cubs learned Tuesday that reliever Kevin Gregg, who struggled in August and September after a good first half, has a cracked left rib and won’t pitch in the final days of the season. Gregg had been pitching despite discomfort, but when he wasn’t able to pitch on the last road trip, an MRI exam Monday revealed the injury.
”He doesn’t know when it happened,” manager Lou Piniella said. ”It was something that was totally unexpected. It’s not threatening at all for next season, but he can’t take the ball anymore.”
Gregg lost his closer role in August after a series of blown saves, but Piniella absolved him and praised Gregg for continuing to work in relief.
”I have a long-term memory, and the memory I have is of a guy who took the ball and didn’t complain, and that’s all you can ask,” Piniella said. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.
Ribs must be profoundly unimpressive bones if you can break one and have no idea for days/weeks/months.
It is very likely that the man brought in to replace Kerry Wood has thrown his last ball for the Cubs.