Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks looks, feels back to normal after break

Hendricks looks, feels back to regular in go back to Cubs initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

A recommended break seems simply what the medical professional bought for Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks.

With off days constructed into their schedule, the Cubs avoided Hendricks’ current turns in the rotation, providing him time to rest his tired shoulder following a reduced spring training and his heavy early-season work.

He went back to the mound Tuesday for the very first time in 13 days to deal with the NL West heavyweight Padres and prospered, tossing five-plus innings of one-run ball without any strolls and 6 strikeouts.

“It benefited me a ton health wise,” Hendricks stated of the time off. “I feel back to 100 percent normal.

“That was huge from Rossy (Cubs manager David Ross) to find that window there with a couple off days to have me skip a start and really decrease my volume a lot.

“I feel back to normal, so now should be good to go.”

Hendricks has actually had an irregular start to the 2022 season, tossing simply 2 quality begins while going into the day with a 5.22 period in 11 getaways.

Over his previous 4 begins going into Tuesday, he enabled 15 made runs in 19 2/3 innings — consisting of 7 in a five-inning start last month.

Tuesday was more emblematic of the person he’s been and the person the Cubs require him to be.

“It was good to have him back,” Ross stated.

The aspects were unkind to Hendricks; he took the mound to 94-degree heat at Wrigley Field. On top of that, the Padres fought hard in the very first inning in spite of striking out 3 times.

Hendricks tossed 27 pitches, and San Diego fouled off 11 of them. He tossed 51 pitches over his last four-plus innings.
“With how hot it was, just trying to take a deep breath, deliver and execute a good pitch,” Hendricks stated of the very first. “Once I got through that, it was nice to have a couple quick innings late to kind of make up for that.

Hendricks, who threw a pair of bullpens during his time off, had a pitch count range around 85, Ross said. Between that and the weather, Ross said he was going batter to batter with him in the sixth inning.

Hendricks said he was beginning to feel fatigued in the sixth, when he allowed a leadoff double to Jake Cronenworth that ended his night.

“I left that pitch up and that was maybe the one bad pitch for me over the plate,” Hendricks stated. “Overall, I felt health-wise great and stamina-wise real good there for a while.

“My stuff and my mechanics felt really good. Gotta get back into the routine now and get my pitch count back up.”

The Cubs bullpen had a harsh night. The Padres scored 12 pursue Hendricks left, and just one was credited him — Cronenworth.

“I wish I had something. They’ve been really good,” Ross stated of the bullpen. “I’m not gonna sit up here and make some excuse or something. They weren’t good and we’ll be back in there tomorrow.”

The bullpen wasn’t excellent, however there was a lot to like from Hendricks’ trip.

“I really got to establish that consistency, like I’ve been saying, start to start so the team can know what to expect every time I take the ball,” he stated.

“That’s a huge pride aspect for me. This is a good one to start but gotta keep going and got a lot more to go.”

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