Cubs’ Hendricks pitches 5 perfect innings in rehab start

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks threw five perfect innings Monday while making his second rehab appearance for Double-A Tennessee.

Hendricks, who led the majors last year with a 2.13 ERA for the World Series champions, was optimistic he could be ready to rejoin the Cubs. Hendricks hasn’t pitched for Chicago since June 4 because of tendinitis in his right hand.

The right-hander struck out three and threw 43 of his 63 pitches for strikes against the Mobile BayBears, a Los Angeles Angels affiliate. He threw 12 more pitches in a bullpen session after.

“There was no soreness after the last start,” Hendricks said. “Hopefully, if there’s no soreness tomorrow, I should be good to go.”

Hendricks has described his injury as a “shooting pain” that he had felt in the middle part of his middle finger. He said the finger hasn’t bothered him in either of his two rehab starts. Hendricks threw 45 pitches on July 10 and allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings.

Hendricks said he felt “much more confident” Monday.

“After that first one, that feel …read more

Source:: – Sport

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