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Cubs Shut Down Kyle Hendricks for 2-3 Weeks

Hendricks has been on the injured list since July 6 due to a right shoulder strain.
Kyle Hendricks Injury Update Chicago Cubs

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According to Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks has been shut down from throwing for the next 2-3 weeks.

Hendricks, who has been dealing with shoulder issues throughout the season, has been on the injured list since July 6. He has not appeared since leaving a start against the Milwaukee Brewers a day prior with right shoulder soreness. Earlier in June, he also missed 12 days due to shoulder fatigue.

Given Hendricks' timeline, the veteran righty likely will not make another appearance until sometime in August at the earliest. On the plus side for Cubs fans, this also means that the Professor more than likely will not be traded at the deadline.

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So far this season, Kyle Hendricks has pitched to a 4.80 ERA and 1.292 WHIP with 66 strikeouts and 24 walks in 84.1 innings across 16 starts. While not his typical level of production, Hendricks has shown signs of The Professor a few times this year, including dominant outings against the Pirates (7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 SO), Padres (8.2 IP, 3 H, 7 SO, 0 ER), Cardinals (7.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO), and Reds (6 IP, 2 ER, 7 SO, 2 BB). He also lasted at least five innings in six other starts.

The news comes as a blow to a Chicago Cubs pitching staff that has been desperate all season for quality innings. Hopefully this is just a minor setback for Hendricks and Cubs fans see him back at Wrigley soon.