As mentioned on Saturday, MLB Network broadcaster Bob Costas met with and apologized to Cubs reliever Pedro Strop for an insensitive comment he made on air during Friday’s game between the Cubs and Cardinals.
MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports that Strop initially had no desire to meet with Costas, as he was hurt by the comment. “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ Then I went on Twitter and saw the comments that he said. I felt pretty bad. At the moment, really bad. I didn’t want to talk to him. Somebody told me he wants to apologize to you, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to talk to him.’”
Strop met with Costas anyway and the two are now on good terms.
“I saw him in the lobby and he apologized to me,” Strop said. “We all make mistakes, and I’m not going to judge him because he made a mistake. I feel better now that he apologized. We all do stuff that we have to apologize for.
“I came down and realized he’s a good dude,” Strop said. “A lot of people told me he’s a great guy and he’s a legend and one of the best at what he does. Everybody makes mistakes.”
The Cubs have placed starter Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list and activated reliever Neil Ramirez, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Cubs haven’t made a decision on who will take Wada’s spot in the rotation, but Wittenmyer notes that Donn Roach is still on the active roster, which could mean he will take it.
Wada, 34, made his season debut on May 20. In seven starts, he posted a 3.73 ERA with a 31/11 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
Ramirez, 26, had been on the disabled list since mid-April due to inflammation in his right shoulder. He had made five appearances, allowing one run on one hit and three walks with four strikeouts in three innings.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that both the Dodgers and Cubs have interest in Mets left-hander Jon Niese. It’s been no secret that the Mets would like to move Niese and/or Dillon Gee in the right circumstances as that would relieve the logjam in the starting rotation.
Niese, 28, has the prorated portion of his $7 million salary for the 2015 season remaining, plus $9 million in 2016 and a $500,000 buyout for either the ’17 or ’18 season. He has a 4.12 ERA this year along with a 58/27 K/BB ratio in 83 innings.
Though Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel have both been excellent in the Cubs’ starting rotation this year, Jon Lester — the club’s big off-season signing — has struggled, as have Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood. The Dodgers have had dominating starting pitching at the top end with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, but lack depth and Niese would certainly help in that regard.