The Cubs provided updates on Hector Rondon, Emilio Bonifacio and Zac Rosscup prior to Saturday’s game in Philadelphia. And two of the three updates were positive, the third was as expected.
Hector Rondon was not available for the ninth inning of Friday’s game due to a sore elbow. Rondon threw from flat ground Saturday before throwing 11 pitches from a bullpen mound. Rondon said he felt fine and according to a report from the Sun-Times, Rondon was not worried about the soreness in his elbow despite his past issues.
The Sun-Times reported Hector Rondon threw breaking balls and did not feel anything in his elbow. Rick Renteria said Rondon will be evaluated Sunday morning and could be available Sunday for the series finale in Philadelphia.
The Cubs announced Saturday the results of the MRI that Emilio Bonifacio had on his right rib cage Friday in Chicago. As expected, Bonifacio suffered a right oblique strain. Bonifacio will rest before beginning a rehab to work his way back.
The Cubs did not give a timetable on when Bonifacio might be able to return. Reports suggested Emilio Bonifacio could be out well past the All-Star Break.
Zac Rosscup finished his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. Rosscup was activated from the 15-day DL prior to Saturday’s game and officially optioned to Iowa. Rosscup was placed on the DL on May 14, retroactive to May 10, with left shoulder soreness.
In three rehab appearances with Iowa, Zac Rosscup faced nine batters, retired all nine in three innings with six strikeouts.
If the front office is able to trade either Wesley Wright and/or James Russell over the next seven weeks, Zac Rosscup could finish his season at the big league level. Rosscup has shown a lot of improvement at the big league level this season in between his trips back and forth to Iowa.