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Report: Cubs RHP Yency Almonte is Done for the Season

A promising start for a Cubs reliever has come to an end. According to Robert Murray of Fan Sided, right-hander Yency Almonte is getting season-ending right shoulder surgery after not pitching since May 7 with a shoulder strain.

In 17 appearances, Almonte was one of the most consistent arms out of a rocky Cubs bullpen, sporting a 3.45 ERA, 20 strikeouts, a 1.085 WHIP, and six holds. It's another blow to an already battered bullpen, who is still without Adbert Alzolay (right flexor strain), Julian Merryweather (rib stress fracture), Mark Leiter Jr (right forearm strain), Ben Brown (neck strain), and Keegan Thompson (right rib fracture). Currently, the Cubs sit with the 12th worst bullpen ERA in baseball with a 4.25, just ahead of the Detroit Tigers at 4.28.

Almonte was shut down from throwing Wednesday after receiving a second opinion on his strained right shoulder, and he'll now elect to undergo surgery rather than restart his rehab process. Almonte came as the second piece in the Micheal Busch trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two prospects.

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