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DL for struggling Cubs reliever Jose Veras?
Cubs reliever Jose Veras has a “sore left oblique” that the Cubs are monitoring. But as little as the struggling right-hander is being used after losing his closing job, there’s no rush to make a decision on a DL move.
Whether he goes on the DL in the next few days is likely to be more about whether the Cubs want to restore their bench to full strength after outfielder Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) was sidelined this week.
That and whether the Cubs want an easy excuse to get him off the roster and put him somewhere less costly to the standings to work out his spring and April pitching woes (10 walks, 10 runs in 5 2/3 innings over six appearances so far).
The Cubs on Thursday added an extra arm to the bullpen in a flurry of moves that sent reliever Blake Parker to the minors and brought lefty Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez to the big-league pen.
“Hopefully, he’ll be OK,” manager Rick Renteria said of Veras. “It doesn’t hurt us to be able to have Rosscup and Neil here to help us out.”
Veras, who struggled again in an appearance Thursday, didn’t get hurt in a game, Renteria said. It sounds more like an overuse condition, the way Renteria described it.
“He’s been working really hard, and I think he’s probably developed a little soreness [through that],” the manager said. “He’s a really hard worker.”
The Cubs have a roster decision coming in the next week anyway, when starter Jake Arrieta (shoulder) is expected to return from the DL following a final minor-league rehab tuneup Saturday for AA Tennessee.
That will move Friday’s starting pitcher, Carlos Villanueva, to the bullpen as a long man, allowing the Cubs to stay with an extra arm in the pen if they DL Veras (or restore the bench to full strength with a DL move and option of one of the just-called-up guys).