The injury bug is back in the Cubs clubhouse.
After getting relatively lucky with injuries to start the season, the Cubs may have another reliever headed to the disabled list as Pedro Strop was removed from Tuesday's loss to the White Sox with a groin injury.
Strop came on in the top of the ninth and promptly surrendered three insurance runs to the South Siders on a walk, an infield hit and a pair of ringing doubles off the bats of Tyler Flowers and Jordan Danks before calling out the trainer and gingerly walking off the mound.
The Cubs will send him for an MRI Wednesday morning, but Strop is hoping to avoid the disabled list. He said he initially hurt the groin while doing lunges in the workout room late last week.
"I want to skip that, that's why I've been battling this," he said. "I've been trying to do some massages and stuff, working with trainers because I really don't want to go on the DL."
Strop belives he could have executed his pitches if he was feeling 100 percent.
"I want to help the team," he said. "But obviously, like that, I cannot help the team. So whatever it takes, I've gotta do it."
Strop entered the day with a 2.92 ERA and had thrown four straight scoreless outings since the Wrigley 100 debacle on April 23. He showed no ill effect from the injury Saturday, working a perfect inning and earning a hold in the Cubs' win over the Cardinals.
The 28-year-old reliever came to the Cubs in the Scott Feldman deal with the Orioles last summer and turned in a 2.83 ERA in 37 games in Chicago.