Cubs closer Pedro Strop gets hurt running to first

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Pedro Strop has been one of the Cubs' best relievers this season, and that's especially the case lately (he's allowed one run since August 3).

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop will miss the rest of the regular season with a left hamstring strain, leaving the NL Central leaders with major questions at the back end of their bullpen.

The Cubs were forced to travel to D.C. on Thursday in the middle of a homestand to play a makeup game against the Nationals, which they won in extras (CHC 4, WAS 3).

The former infielder appeared to be cruising with low effort on his way to first, lunging at the end to almost beat the throw. Strop will get an MRI on his left hamstring.

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Unless the Cubs can make a trade, manager Joe Maddon said before Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds that he envisions using a closer-by-committee approach, calling on veterans including Jesse Chavez and Steve Cishek to finish games.

Strop had been filling in at closer after the injury of Brandon Morrow, who has still not returned to action.

This is a circle-the-wagons situation if ever there was one. That should go without saying for any team, but given the way things have gone for the 'pen over the last week or two, I'd say it bears mentioning.

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