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Sore elbow shelves Cubs closer Hector Rondon in 9th
PHILADELPHIA – After losing their leadoff hitter to the disabled list Friday, the Cubs may find out Saturday whether they’ll lose their closer, Hector Rondon, because of elbow soreness that prompted the team to hold him out of Friday’s ninth inning.
Manager Rick Renteria said the soreness surfaced Wednesday in Pittsburgh but downplayed the potential severity.
“He’s going to throw a pen [Saturday] to make sure he’s OK,” Renteria said. “It was nothing to really concern ourselves with. So we didn’t think it was a big deal.”
Rondon, who was acquired from the Cleveland system in the December 2013 Rule 5 draft, had Tommy John surgery late in the 2010 season and missed most of the 2012 season because of a strain in the elbow.
Rookie Neil Ramirez pitched the ninth instead, inheriting a 2-0 lead before giving up a leadoff double and a run before eventually getting a game-ending strikeout of Carlos Ruiz to strand runners at the corners in the Cubs’ 2-1 victory.