CHICAGO -– Don’t count one of the Chicago Cubs' best potential trade pieces as being on board for leaving the team anytime soon. Closer Kevin Gregg doesn’t want to talk about trade deadlines -- at least not until he knows the Cubs are out of it.
“I almost look at it as a little disrespectful to the guys on the team that are here because this is a good product,” Gregg said before the Cubs played the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. “This isn’t like we’re getting our butts kicked on a daily basis and they’re looking to clean house. ... To be looking at what the future holds in June or July is worthless to me.”
Going into Tuesday night the Cubs are 20-30, 10.5 games out of first place, while Gregg is 6 for 6 in save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA after being plucked off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in April. At 34, he’s probably not part of any long rebuilding process for the Cubs and would be very attractive to a team in need of late-inning relief help.
“I have to worry about pitching tonight,” he said. “That’s all I care about. What the future brings in this game, you have no idea what’s going to happen. To try and predict something would be wasting time.”
On Monday Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated that within 50-60 games of the July 31 trade deadline things start to take shape in terms of buying or selling. All indications are the Cubs will be selling -- but don’t tell Gregg that.
“I still have hopes for this team,” Gregg said. “Our record isn’t good right now but we’re playing better baseball than our record indicates. We could be on the right side of things.”
Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa had an MRI on his pitching arm on Tuesday, but the results won’t be available until Wednesday. Fujikawa left Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds after possibly straining his forearm for a second time this season. The Cubs are hopeful it isn’t anything more serious than that.
Pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, acquired last July from the Atlanta Braves, has had a setback in his return from Tommy John surgery. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove calcium deposits in his elbow unrelated to his return from Tommy John. He won’t pick up a baseball for at least six weeks.