An early exit for Kyle Hendricks in his start on Tuesday sparked concern for the pitcher’s health. According to reports, Hendricks left Tuesday’s 8-3 win after three innings with shoulder soreness. Apparently the pain was very similar to an injury that shut Hendricks down earlier in the season. Now, the righty is heading to the 15-day IL to heal.
As indicated, Hendricks will miss time with a shoulder strain. Before being removed from Tuesday’s starts, Hendricks pitched 3.0 innings allowing two hits, two earned runs, two walks, and striking out four. A noticeable dip in velocity is what ultimately concerned David Ross and led to the righty’s departure.
In return, the team recalled Anderson Espinoza from Double-A Tennessee. The 24-year-old righty debuted with the Cubs earlier this season after Drew Smyly left a start with an oblique injury. The former top prospect was solid, pitching 4.0 innings and allowing two runs. In addition, he walked three and struck out six.
It’s uncertain the role that Espinoza will play in his time up with the Cubs. Admittedly, his time may be short if Marcus Stroman and Drew Smyly are activated in the next week.
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