9/29 Gregg shutdown for season
Cubs pitcher Kevin Gregg lost his argument with Lou Piniella and the medical staff, and will be shutdown for the rest of the season because of a crack in his rib cartilage. Gregg appeared in 72 games in his first season with the Cubs and the right-hander totaled 23 saves.
“They pay me to be ready for 162 [games],” Gregg said Tuesday. “I want to pitch, I want to go out there. Even if you’re not 100 percent, you still want to give it a chance.”
Gregg had an MRI on Monday, which revealed the crack.
“I thought I could deal with it, could pitch,” Gregg said. “They want to make sure nothing else comes out of this.”
A free agent after this season, Gregg may be looking for a new team in 2010. Piniella has already tabbed Carlos Marmol as the Cubs closer next year.
– Carrie Muskat