Pedro Strop RP CHC 5 Days

Strop struck out two in a scoreless inning against the Mariners on Saturday.

Strop has a 9:1 K:BB ratio in five innings this spring and has given up just one run and three hits. Though Jason Motte is likely the first to get a shot at closing if Hector Rondon isn't available, Strop is as good a candidate for the role as any.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 2 Months

Strop agreed to a one-year, $2.525 million contract with the Cubs on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Strop has been outstanding in his two years with Chicago, posting a 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 10.6 K/9 in 102 appearances (96 innings). He held opposing right-handers to a .169/.255/.223 batting line last season and will command a significant raise in his first year of arbitration, though he won't make for a very likely candidate for saves so long as Hector Rondon and Jason Motte are healthy.

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Strop required stitches in his left elbow following a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday night, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Strop underwent X-rays but they came back negative, and the resulting injuries were relatively minor and shouldn't cause him to miss any time in 2015. He was a big part of the Cubs' bullpen in 2014, serving largely as the setup man for Hector Rondon. The 29-year-old posted a 2.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 71 strikeouts in 61 innings last season, and should serve in a similar role in 2015.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 8 Months

Strop earned his 12th hold of the season by working out of a jam in the eighth inning against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Some expected Strop to close this year for the Cubs, but he's thrived as a setup man, striking out 49 in 44.2 innings and pulling down a 2.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

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Pedro Strop pitched a perfect ninth with a three-run lead for a save Saturday against the Marlins.

It was a given that Hector Rondon would get the day off after Friday's blown save, so Strop got the ball in the ninth. It might have been Neil Ramirez instead, but he had worked back-to-back days already. Strop has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, since returning from a strained groin last week. If Rondon has more problems going forward, Strop could put himself back into the closer mix.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 10 Months

Cubs activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.

Strop missed the last three weeks with a left groin strain. He didn't go out on a rehab assignment, so it seems unlikely that he'd be used for save chances while Hector Rondon is on paternity leave.

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Cubs placed RHP Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left groin stain.

Strop underwent an MRI on Wednesday and was diagnosed with the mild strain, which will likely sideline him for 3-4 weeks. The 28-year-old right-hander has posted a rough 4.97 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings this season. Maybe the rest will do him some good.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 11 Months

Pedro Strop will undergo an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of a groin injury.

Strop exited Tuesday's appearance with the ailment. The reliever was tagged for three runs over one-third of an inning against the White Sox, but it sounds like he might have an excuse. More will be known about a potential DL stint following Wednesday's exam.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 11 Months

Pedro Strop left Tuesday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury.

The Cubs' trainer visited Strop on the mound in the top of the ninth before eventually walking off with the right-hander. It's not clear what injury the reliever is dealing with, but it could partly explain why he was rocked for three runs over one-third of an inning. The Cubs should update his status shortly.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 11 Months

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.

Pedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.