Two weeks ago today, Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee to repair atorn meniscus. It is not among the most serious knee injuries, but knee surgery is knee surgery, and Strop was expected to be out four to six weeks, at least.
To sure sure, Strop may not return to the Cubs’ mound, in-game, until that four to six week window, especially given how cautious the Cubs can afford to be with their significant lead in the NL Central.
And, you know, I’m not any kind of rehab specialist, but when I see the video Strop just posted to Instagram, I’m pretty blown away by his progress:
Running and accelerating to a high speed, decelerating rapidly, and pitching with full motion off of flat ground? That seems like a really rapid recovery, doesn’t it? It makes you wonder whether Strop has some superhuman, Wolverine-like healing ability, doesn’t it? Or maybe that he’s not human at all? Like maybe he’s a well-constructed cyborg or just straight up robot? Are robots already living among us and we don’t even know? Does this seeming “recovery” pre-sage the long-coming robot apocalypse?!? DEAR GOD IS IT SKYNET?!?!? SOMEBODY CHECK ON SKYNET!!!!!
Thankfully, we have seen the humanity in Strop’s incredible laugh, which no mechanical being could even hope to emulate. So, then, let’s just be happy that his recovery seems to be going well, and he should be on schedule for a return to the Cubs in September, when he can get into a position to play a big part in the playoffs.