Rondon's health priority for cautious Cubs

Rondon's health priority for cautious Cubs

CHICAGO -- Righty Hector Rondon remains the Cubs' No. 1 closing option, but the club is being careful with his usage.

Rondon had experienced some tenderness in his elbow, so the Cubs reduced his workload. After pitching in four straight games in mid-May, he's made just four appearances this month. Rondon pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Monday in Miami, his first game since June 6, and hasn't pitched since.

Other members of the bullpen have filled in admirably for Rondon. Since Rondon's last save on June 4, Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez (three times) and James Russell have all picked up saves.

Given the success of multiple relievers in the role and the need to closely monitor Rondon's elbow, manager Rick Renteria plans to stick with the closer-by-committee approach for now.

"We'll continue to just be mindful of how they are feeling physically and go from there," Renteria said. "No timetable as to how we're going to do it, but we'll just be very mindful and use them as we need."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Joe Popely is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.