Jesse Rogers from ESPN Chicago has just reported that Cubs reliever Hector Rondon, who hasn’t pitched since September 8th, is being sidelined due to an elbow injury. Fortunately, that injury doesn’t appear to be too serious. All tests have come back negative, so he will get a few days rest and be re-evaluated sometime early next week. The official diagnosis on it is “Elbow Inflammation”, but we may now have an answer for why Jen-Ho Tseng got the start last night in place of Montgomery, who was slotted back into the bullpen.
Rondon has had an up and down season in 2017. The former closer has an ERA of 4.50 with an ERA- of 103, putting him just slightly below league average. Although he has struggled, Rondon has shown flashes lately of the pitcher he used to be, putting together a streak of 6 straight scoreless appearances leading to his injury. Keep an eye out for Strop’s usage to go up while Rondon is sidelined.
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