The Cubs announced before Saturday's game that Kevin Gregg's apology Friday to management for his critical comments was accepted and he would not be released.

Friday's postgame drama surprised Cubs manager Dale Sveum.

"Yeah I can't lie about that. It caught me completely off guard" Sveum said Saturday morning.

Gregg initially was miffed Sveum had delivered a message to him during last week's series in Milwaukee that he was going to lose his closer role to Pedro Strop. It was explained later that Sveum and President Theo Epstein simply want to see what they have in Strop moving forward.

"I guess the communication somewhere down the line just got miscommunicated" Sveum said. "But like I told you (media) guys we might give Strop an opportunity. And it is the same thing I told (Gregg). It's all fixed now and we accept the apologies and move on."

Sveum said he could understand Gregg's uneasiness.

"You want people who are competitive every pitch every game no matter what the record is what the situation what the score of the game is" Sveum said.