Kevin Gregg may be released by the Cubs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is reportedly at odds with Cubs vice president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein who is considering release Gregg, according to a CBS Sports report.
Gregg allowed four runs to cross the plate against the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon and after the game, he told reporters he was unhappy with the way he was being treated by the team.
“I expected to be treated a little bit better than this," Gregg told reporters after the game.
Gregg was called into manager Dale Sveum's office where Gregg apologize to both Sveum and Epstein. An apology, however, may not be enough for the veteran reliever to keep his job.
Epstein said he didn't "respect" Gregg for "running to the media" to air his grievances with the team. Epstein added that he may consider releasing Gregg but will sleep on it before making any decisions.
The Cubs had planned to hand over the closing job to newly-acquired reliever Pedro Strop to see how well he can handle the 9th inning. The 28-year-old has a 2.84 ERA in 30 2/3 innings since joining the Cubs. Gregg has converted 32 saves in 37 opportunities this season with a 3.45 ERA.