Chicago Cubs' Kevin Gregg Has Tired Arm

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIAugust 4, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 27: Kevin Gregg #63 of the Chicago Cubs Prepares to throw the ball in the 9th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If you're a Cubs fan, you know the troubles closer Kevin Gregg has had over the past few games.

In his last two appearances, Gregg has blown both save opportunities even though one turned out to be a win.

If you were to ask Gregg, he would say he is ready even though Piniella wants to give him some time off for his tired arm. Yes, my fellow Cubs fans. That means an even worse nightmare has come true. Carlos "Wild Thing" Marmol will be closing.

"I think we'll give [Gregg] a little time off tonight," Piniella said before Monday's game against the Reds. "Hopefully, we can give him some time off tonight and tomorrow. He has a little bit of a tired arm. There's no pain in any particular area, but just achy. What I'm going to do is talk to him, and if that's the case, we can stay away from him. We've got to know it."

Closers take on a lot of responsibility. Piniella knows that. Most closers believe they can pitch through anything and Piniella is being realistic.

Most Cubs fans accuse Gregg of being terrible because of how interesting he seems to make games. Let's be realistic. His last 10 opportunities before Saturday, Gregg was 10-for-10. He is 21-for-26 on the season. Not bad.

What's next for Gregg?

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Nothing. Nothing is of worry here in my opinion.

Gregg will get some time off to get his strength back, and he'll come back and convert his next 10 chances. He has the stuff to do it.


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