“We would just like to continue to have the best record in the league after [Sunday],” manager Joe Maddon said.
Strop suffered the injury Sept. 13. He threw off a bullpen mound twice in the past week and said he’ll be ready to pitch Thursday.
Giolito and Fry have three Tommy John surgeries between them. Their advice for Kopech: Be positive, put in the work and trust the process.
White Sox right-hander James Shields was tagged for six runs and nine hits in a 12-3 loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Caleb Frare, who was promoted before the 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, is one of a number of youngsters in the bullpen who will be auditioning for 2019.
The Cubs scored five runs in the second, and it was up to Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and Pedro Strop to hold a one-run lead from the sixth on.
Darvish said his recovery turned a corner when treatment shifted to his spine and back.
By the end of the night, nearly all 29,442 in attendance were on their feet, making noise and enjoying a win like few others this season.
Matt Davidson told reporters he’d “love to explore” the idea of pitching more often. Rick Renteria shot that idea down Saturday.
Rizzo reached base safely in eight of his 10 plate appearances. He went 4-for-5 with an RBI in the 6-3 loss in Game 2.
His trade to the Cubs on Thursday marked the fourth time in his 11-year career that he has been part of a midseason trade.
Shields pitched seven-plus innings and allowed three runs — all on solo homers — in the Sox’ 5-0 loss Saturday to the Brewers.
“Not playing Caratini enough really bums me out,” Joe Maddon said. “It bothers me a lot. And he needs to play. We got to get him out playing again.”
Darvish was scheduled to start Sunday night against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Tyler Chatwood will take his place.