Pedro Strop's status for Opening Day is in question.
According to ESPN's Jesse Rogers, Strop felt a pull in his hamstring Saturday against the Angels. An MRI revealed that the right-hander suffered a mild right hamstring strain.
Pedro Strop pulled his right hamstring in his last appearance. Cubs say it’s a minor injury. He may not throw in a game in the coming days but they think he’ll be ready for opening day.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 12, 2019
Strop MRI showed a mild strain. He hurt his left hamstring last season. This one is on the right side. It happened on his final pitch on Saturday.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 12, 2019
As Rogers notes, the Cubs believe the injury is minor and that Strop will be ready for Opening Day. However, the injury surely is still concerning for multiple reasons.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow will be out all of April, at the least, as he recovers from offseason elbow surgery. Strop is expected to receive majority of the team's closing opportunities in Morrow's absence, though Carl Edwards Jr. and Steve Cishek could also receive some opportunities.
Furthermore, Strop infamously strained his left hamstring last September running out a ground ball against the Nationals. While the Cubs said his current strain is minor, Strop uses his right hamstring to push off the mound each pitch.
Strop will continue throwing, though he will not work off of a mound for a few weeks, according to The Athletic's Patrick Mooney.
The Cubs announce Pedro Strop is dealing with a strained right hamstring, calling it "mild" after yesterday's MRI. The plan is for Strop to continue throwing without working off a mound for at least a week.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) March 12, 2019
While Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the injury doesn't look bad, he acknowledged the team doesn't want to mess with it.
Joe Maddon still can’t guarantee that Pedro Strop will be ready by Opening Day: “If not, maybe shortly thereafter. It’s something we caught quickly. I can’t emphasize enough – it doesn’t look bad. But you don’t push a guy like that right now.”— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) March 12, 2019