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An MRI revealed Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup has some inflammation in his left shoulder but no structural damage, and he will resume his throwing program in a week or so. Rosscup was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with left shoulder soreness, and examined on Thursday by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.
“I was feeling some discomfort in my shoulder area so I tried to rehab it a little bit and do some preventative work,” Rosscup said Friday. “It wasn’t going away so I figured it was best to get it looked at. It’s nothing serious. They saw some inflammation and a little bit of fluid, nothing too serious. I should be down for a week or so and then start cranking it up again.”
* The Cubs are skipping Jake Arrieta in the rotation to keep Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija on schedule and also give Arrieta some time to work on his mechanics. Arrieta has made three starts since coming off the disabled list, and been limited to about 80 pitches each time.
He started on Tuesday in St. Louis and is scheduled to open the Cubs’ series at San Diego on Thursday, and will have a couple side sessions before that when he can try to correct his delivery. Arrieta said he was “too rotational.”
* Pedro Strop, on the disabled list since May 7 with a left groin strain, expected to go to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz., early next week to continue his rehab. There is no timetable for his return.
* Jose Veras needed just five pitches to get two outs in the sixth on Thursday in his first game back after missing time with a strained left oblique. Veras began the season as the Cubs closer but for now, manager Rick Renteria said they will continue to ease the right-hander into games.
“We’ll chip away and let him have success and continue to work,” Renteria said.
– Carrie Muskat