Bummer news from the Cubs’ 60-man player pool, as reliever Pedro Strop has been shut down with a hip issue, effectively ending his season.
Sahadev Sharma reports that Strop’s stuff didn’t quite come back after his release from the Reds – he’d just recovered from a groin injury – and then he subsequently suffered a hip injury. That’s that for Strop, who might’ve otherwise gotten a real look in the Cubs bullpen following the injury to Rowan Wick.
The Strop signing was always a low-cost long-shot, and who knows, maybe the Cubs and Strop can do the same kind of thing for Spring Training next year. The 35-year-old righty might simply be at the end of the line, but he’s so beloved by so many folks still with the Cubs that there might be value in having him at Spring Training in any case. Heck, I remember when there were suggestions that the Cubs wanted to bring Strop back into the organization after his playing days were over anyway. Not that I’m saying Strop is ready for that (or even wants to go down that road in his post-playing days), but I’m just saying it underscores how strong the relationship is.
And you never know. Maybe with an offseason to rest up, Strop shows he actually does still have something left in the tank in 2021.