Oblique issue shelves reliever Veras

MILWAUKEE -- Chicago Cubs fans might not get the chance to complain about Jose Veras for the next couple of days -- the reliever has a sore left oblique and wasn't available with the Cubs set to begin a three-game series Friday against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.

“Veras is a little sore in his left oblique so hopefully he’ll be OK,” manager Rick Renteria said Friday afternoon. “He’s been working hard.”

Renteria said Veras sustained the injury from the general workload of getting the season going rather than any particular moment on the mound. The 33-year-old right-hander, signed as a free agent in December, is off to a rough start to his Cubs career: He’s walked 10 batters and hit three others in just 5 2/3 innings, and his ERA is 15.88. He lost his closer’s role within the first 10 days of the regular season and has since struggled in a middle-relief role.

Renteria didn’t give a timetable for his return, nor did he say if Veras would be put on the disabled list.