#Cubs Strop out 4-6 weeks; Grimm back

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a torn meniscus in his left knee, and will be sidelined four to six weeks. Who takes his job as primary set-up pitcher? Manager Joe Maddon could call on newcomer Joe Smith to fill in the gap.

“It could’ve been worse — we’re going to get him back and that’s a good thing,” Maddon said of Strop, who will have arthroscopic surgery on Friday. An MRI on Thursday revealed that the ligaments in the knee were intact, which is good news.

Said Strop: “I almost cried just thinking that I might be out for the season. This is a special group and I want to be part of the playoffs and the World Series if we get there.”

The Cubs did recall right-hander Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa but they are short-handed in the bullpen with Hector Rondon sidelined because of tightness in his triceps. Rondon was not available Thursday and was to throw a bullpen on Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

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