5/2 Veras to start rehab soon

Jose Veras, on the DL with a strained left oblique, was scheduled to join Double-A Tennessee and begin a rehab assignment soon. Whether he’ll return as the team’s closer is yet to be determined. Chicago pitchers have one save opportunity in the last 16 games dating to April 12, and the team’s six save opportunities are the fewest in the Majors.

Right now, manager Rick Renteria is relying on matchups, although Hector Rondon has emerged as a possible closer candidate. The other options include Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm.

“I think ideally we’d develop a closer from one of the guys we have on the roster,” Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Friday. “I think we have some guys who have the stuff and makeup to do it. Hopefully, it’ll click with one of these guys. I do like the way our guys have thrown. I feel when we have a series, we match up well with other teams’ bullpens. I don’t think teams are excited to face us in the seventh, eighth, ninth innings.”

Despite the closer struggles, the Cubs relievers have combined to toss 14-scoreless innings in the last six games, including scoreless contests in all five games of the just-completed road trip. The Cubs’ bullpen has not had six-straight scoreless games since a nine-game stretch April 29-May 8, 2011.

– Carrie Muskat

7 Comments

I recommend Jose not be rushed. Whenever it is determined he`s good to go, he should take another six weeks at least, before he rejoins the Cubs. It will behoove everyone involved, especially the fan base.

Aloha jhosk- Well, as they say, especially with this team’s makeup no job is secured so I agree with you Veras should not be rushed. Rondon and company are doing their job and that is nice. Mahalo!

Greetings back at you, k.g. Arrieta looked good in that first inning. Lake is still finding his way in left. He actually took a step backward when that flare was hit his way. Is fortuanate the ball did not get by him as he could have blocked the ball better. I`ve been wanting to ask you: do you expect Ichiro to retire after this season? Isn`t this the last year of a 2 yr. contract with Yankees? Also, do you anticipate he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer? Jeter looked his age last night; is first time in his career he was 0 for 7 at the dish. Always a pleasure, k.g.

Aloha jhosk- Yes, 3 in a row and what a great outing for Arrieta and the bullpen held up again, 4innings worth! I Think Ichiro barring any injuries would like to play for a couple more years if he could. He is less than 250 hits away from 3000 in the MLB and combined with his Japanese years is over 4000 hits. I wish he could play infield, like of course first base then he could lessen the wear and tear on his body, though he is in better shape than many who are 10-15yrs younger than him (i.e. Sandoval for the Giants). I think he is a first ballot pick, that is just me. Take care now. Mahalo!

Yes, that was a satisfying victory today. We saw an example of Starlin`s range, something petrey called attention to recently, when the ss made that lovely over-the-head grab early on. Love Lake`s raw talent and upside. He`s figuring it out game by game and believe he`s going to be a star and go yard on a regular basis. And that speed is marvelous .Love to see him run the bases. The pitching was not shabby . Heard it said this is first time in our history that six pitchers collaborated in a nine inning shutout. I think Ichiro is a lock for first ballot, and am pleased to hear he may well play beyond this season, in your opinion.

Aloha jhosk- We see glimpses of really good play by Castro and I would love for that to be the norm and for him to step up to the plate and become a leader, as he needs to be, it will translate well for him. I think defensive wise to have Olt on one side and a Combo on the other side will help him to step up his game. Plus if some other hitters can get it going, then he-Rizzo are not feeling like they are the only ones carrying the team, they end up getting to see better pitching too. Take care now. Mahalo!

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