Pedro Strop RP CHC 2 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.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 4 Months

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 5 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.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 6 Months

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 6 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 6 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 6 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.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 6 Months

Pedro Strop gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell to the Diamondbacks.

Strop entered the game with Chicago up 5-2 but promptly blew the save opportunity, issuing two walks and a hit with bad defense and bad luck mixed in. James Russell didn't pitch any better after him. It was a classic Cubs showing on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 6 Months

Pedro Strop closed out the Cubs' 5-1 win on Monday, pitching a hitless ninth against the Diamondbacks.

Unfortunately, both of the Cubs' wins since Jose Veras lost his closing gig have been four-run affairs. Still, it's probably telling that Hector Rondon was the setup man and Strop was reserved for the ninth in both. Strop looks like the favorite for saves.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 7 Months

Pedro Strop picked up a save Thursday in the Cubs' 3-2 defeat of the Pirates at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

Strop entered in the bottom of the ninth inning and was able to preserve Chicago's one-run lead after giving up a leadoff single to Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Jose Veras threw 38 pitches in a blown save Wednesday, so he was unavailable for this one. Veras remains the Cubs' closer, but Strop is a good guy to stash in mixed and NL-only fantasy leagues.