Updated 4:47pm CDT – Hector Rondon is on schedule to return next week from the DL. Rondon will go on a rehab assignment Saturday and Monday with Triple-A Iowa. If everything goes as planned, Rondon will be activated next week.
The Cubs announced Pedro Strop has a right groin strain. Strop was ahead of schedule and the plan was for him to report to Iowa for a rehab assignment this weekend. Strop strained his groin Wednesday and has been shut down for a week. The Cubs said Strop should return toward the middle of the month and closer to the original six-week timeframe for recovery from the arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Joe Maddon could get two very important relievers back as soon as next week. According to multiple reports Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop are close to coming off the disabled list.
Rondon is scheduled to throw a bullpen Thursday. If all goes as planned, Rondon could be sent to Iowa for a rehab assignment. The I-Cubs have four games with Colorado Springs at Principal Park this weekend. Iowa’s season ends Monday.
Rondon threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Monday and worked on fielding drills Wednesday. The next steps for Rondon before he is activated from the DL would be Thursday’s bullpen and possibly a short rehab stint with the I-Cubs.
Hector Rondon has been on the DL since Aug. 19 with right triceps strain. Rondon has pitched in only three games since July 31. Rondon completed an inning on Aug. 2 (Marlins), a third of an inning on Aug. 14 (Cardinals) and an inning on Aug. 16 (Brewers) before the Cubs thought it was best to shut him down and get the triceps issue under control.
Rondon was in the middle of another excellent season before Aroldis Chapman was acquired from the Yankees. Rondon is 2-3 with 18 saves, a 2.47 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 3.07 FIP. In 45 games this season, Rondon has allowed 12 runs on 29 hits with six walks and 51 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.
Pedro Strop is progressing ahead of schedule from arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 12 to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. Strop said he’s not rushing his rehab. The Cubs and Joe Maddon thought Strop was pushing it before he threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
Strop was supposed to be sidelined four to six weeks. Strop injured his left knee on Aug. 10, exactly three weeks ago.
According to the Tribune, Strop could also spend the weekend at Principal Park on a rehab assignment with the I-Cubs. And Strop told the Sun-Times he could be activated and back in the pen early next week during the series at Miller Park.
Pedro Strop has been on the DL since Aug. 11.
In 50 games this season, Strop is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 2.87 FIP. Strop has allowed 15 runs, 14 earned, on 26 hits with 13 walks and 56 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.
The Cubs will not rush Rondon or Strop back. Maddon said Monday the Cubs will play it “safe and smart” with both relievers.
Having Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop available for the next two months is imperative for the Cubs to reach their goals.
The Cubs will activate RHP Joe Smith from the disabled list prior to Thursday’s opener with the Giants. Smith and Chris Coghlan are scheduled to come off the DL and be added to the active roster. The Cubs have not announced the players from the minors that will be part of September call ups.