The Chicago Cubs will likely be without Justin Steele until May due to a left hamstring strain.

Steele left his start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday with hamstring tightness in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Craig Counsell said Steele is dealing with a Grade 1 strain.

"You're thinking that it's just a shame," Counsell said. "He's pitching really, really well. Obviously an important member of the team, and it looks like we're gonna miss him for a little bit here." 

Steele went down after successfully fielding a Leody Taveras push bunt for an out at first base.