Late Monday, the Chicago Cubs' website reported that closer Kevin Gregg is dealing with a "tired arm," leading to decreased velocity and zero effectiveness.
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Gregg has blown five saves this season, with the latest blown save (on Sunday) costing the Cubs first place in the National League Central Division.
As of Monday night, Gregg's ERA had grown to 4.17, as well.
In reference to Gregg not being available on Monday night against the Reds, Cubs' manager Lou Piniella was quoted as saying, "I think we'll give [Gregg] a little time off."
Instead, Carlos Marmol, who was not available on Sunday night, pitched in a save situation on Monday.
Gregg was acquired as a replacement for fan favorite Kerry Wood, in a trade for one of the Cubs' top pitching prospects, Jose Ceda.
He has not lived up to expectations this season, and his job as closer has been questioned after a recent run of subpar outings.