Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop was placed on the injured list after experiencing discomfort in his neck. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop was placed on the injured list after experiencing discomfort in his neck. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs News: Pedro Strop sheds light on his injury, partially blames hotel pillow


by - Senior Writer -

ST. LOUIS — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has been struggling on the mound in recent weeks, and, perhaps too coincidentally, he was placed on the 10-day injured list due to neck tightness on Tuesday. Interestingly enough, the injured-list designation came on the same day that the Cubs acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Strop was asked about his injury in the visiting clubhouse at Busch Stadium prior to the Cubs' contest against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Initially, Strop flipped the script on the reporters by asking them what they knew about the injury that he suffered.

"What did they say?" Strop asked when attempting to find out exactly what the Cubs' front office listed as the cause of his injury.

After being informed of the specifics regarding the injury announcement, Strop claimed that he felt something wrong in his neck while playing catch during pregame warmups on Sunday. He then hypothesized that an uncomfortable hotel pillow might have caused his neck discomfort.

While speaking on the ailment, Strop admitted that his mechanics have been off lately, which he acknowledged could very well correlate with his dubious move to the injured list. For the time being, though, Strop does not think that the Cubs' bullpen will suffer too severely without his services.

"Pitching-wise," Strop said, "we're going to be all right."

Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop was placed on the injured list after experiencing discomfort in his neck. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop was placed on the injured list after experiencing discomfort in his neck. (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)"

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