• Pedro Strop, on the disabled list since May 7 with a left groin strain, is expected to go to the Cubs' facility in Mesa, Ariz., early next week to continue his rehab. There is no timetable for his return.
• Jose Veras needed just five pitches to get two outs in the sixth on Thursday in his first game back after missing time with a strained left oblique. Veras began the season as the Cubs' closer, but for now, Renteria said they will continue to ease the right-hander into games.
"We'll chip away and let him have success and continue to work," Renteria said.
• Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, struck out 11 over eight scoreless innings in Triple-A Iowa's 2-0 win over Round Rock on Thursday. Hendricks didn't walk a batter.
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