The word is in and it’s not good if you’re a Cubs fan. Pedro Strop has sustained a meniscus tear in his left knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday.
#Cubs Strop has meniscus tear in his left knee. He’ll have arthroscopic surgery Fri.
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 11, 2016
Recovery time for Pedro is expected to be 4-6 weeks. He’s being placed on the disabled list and Justin Grimm is being recalled from Triple-A Iowa to backfill for Strop.
Strop meniscus tear. Surgery tomorrow. 4-6 weeks. Not season ending.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) August 11, 2016
Obviously, this is disappointing news. After Theo and Jed made key acquisitions – Mike Montgomery, Joe Smith and Aroldis Chapman – to improve the Cubs bullpen the general consensus was that the Cubs had plugged the one possible weakness on a team full of strengths. Of course, nothing comes easy though.
Now the Cubs will have to manage without Strop until around the end of the season. The upside is that he should be back before the playoffs, when the Cubs will need all hands on deck and Justin Grimm coming up is going to help steady things for the bullpen. And let’s not forget that Trevor Cahill could also be back any day now – he’s currently on rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.
The positive news is that Hector Rondon is throwing a side session tomorrow and, if things go well tomorrow he could slot right back into action (via Jesse Rogers on ESPN 1000).
Here’s a link to video that shows the play where Pedro sustained the knee injury.