Strop signed with the Cubs on Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Strop was released by the Reds on Tuesday, but he'll return to a familiar destination with the Cubs. He'll report to alternate camp initially, but he could certainly join the major-league roster at some point, especially given the Cubs' bullpen woes this season. The right-hander made four relief appearances with the Reds this year, posting a 3.86 ERA and 3.00 WHIP over 2.1 innings.
Strop was released by the Reds on Tuesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. The 35-year-old walked six batters in just 2.1 innings of work this season prior to being sidelined by a groin injury. While he recorded an ERA below 3.00 for five straight seasons from 2014 to 2018, his age and recent injury combined with his struggles last season (4.97 ERA) will likely make him a fairly unappealing option on the free agent market.
The Reds activated Strop (groin) from the injured list and designated him for assignment, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. It's a little surprising that the Reds have parted ways with Strop, but this was done to make room on the 40-man roster for Jose Garcia. Strop was late in reporting to the Reds' summer camp before the sprint season began, struggled with his control once the season started (six walks in 2.1 innings) and then went on the IL with a groin injury.
Strop (groin) faced hitters at the Reds' alternate training site Wednesday and is nearing a return from the injured list, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Strop was placed on the injured list Aug. 11, retroactive to Aug. 8. The right-hander has appeared in four games this season, allowing one run while striking out three over 2.1 innings.
Strop (groin) could be out for an extended period of time, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Strop has yet to be placed on the injured list after leaving Friday's game against the Brewers with a groin injury, though it sounds like that move could be coming soon if "an extended period" translates to "at least 10 days." Michael Lorenzen and Amir Garrett will handle top setup duties in front of Raisel Iglesias.
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