Extra bases

Reliever Pedro Strop, on the disabled list since May 7 with a left groin strain, threw a bullpen session on Saturday for the first time since he was injured. Strop was headed to Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday to continue his rehab at the Cubs complex, and will throw one or two bullpen sessions there, then pitch in an extended Spring Training game.

"I'm getting closer to games," Strop said Sunday.

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