5/7 Extra bases – Part II

* The Cubs placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a moderate left groin strain and recalled lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Strop was pulled from Tuesday’s game after facing five batters. He apparently injured his leg a few days ago while working out, but said he was ready to pitch. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Strop was available.

“I didn’t think [his leg] was an issue, quite frankly,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’d been working and did fine in his flat ground. All indications were that he was fine.”

* Mike Olt is trying to relax, and maybe being the designated hitter for one game will help. The third baseman was the DH Wednesday. He is 2-for-23 in his last nine games. Renteria has opted to platoon Olt with left-handed hitting Luis Valbuena at third base, so not playing every day has been new.

“It’s hard — you could be struggling a little bit and tend to put a little more pressure on yourself and that’s what’s been going on with me right now,” Olt said. “I’ve had some talks with guys on the team and coaches and am going to go back to being relaxed. There’s no excuse to say, ‘Hey, I’m not playing, this is why I’m struggling.’ It’s more me putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to go back to having fun.”

He’s not worried about his hitting.

“I’ve been through way worse slumps than this,” he said.

* Maybe the Cubs should’ve let Travis Wood bat for himself?

“Everyone talks about it,” Renteria said. “Obviously, because he hit the grand slam against them before and because he swings the bat well, it’s an
outside thought but you wouldn’t do that.”

— Carrie Muskat


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