CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop made a quick decision to help his team secure a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers before completing the paperwork about his stolen car.

The 33-year-old right-hander was talking to police in the Cubs clubhouse late Wednesday about his stolen Genesis when the score became tied. Cubs spokesman Julian Green said that’s when Strop told police, “I gotta get out of here, I gotta pitch tonight.”

Strop later earned the save in the Cubs’ 7-6 win.

Strop told police that based on surveillance video, his car was stolen from his North Side apartment building’s garage around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. About eight hours later, police tried to pull over a person behind the wheel of the car, but the driver sped away. The car was later found after it struck a parked car. Police said no one is in custody.

Strop on Thursday laughed about the theft and recovery of his car, saying he was concerned about the vehicle’s condition.


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