Just when the Cubs seemed to gain control of the NLDS vs. the Giants, Cy Young hopeful Kyle Hendricks was struck by a comebacker. He came out of the game a bit later only pitching 3.2 innings. At that moment Cubs fans began to ask, who brought the goat!
But, no need to worry, the Cubs played a great game winning 5-2 and taking a 2-0 lead in the series. The pitcher who replaced Hendricks, Travis Wood, hit a homerun, which was the third RBI by a Cubs pitcher in the same game! Importantly Hendricks seems to be ok.
Hendricks said about his arm, “Kind of swelled up on me. But X-rays were negative, so it feels pretty good now. Hopefully it’s a day-to-day thing, just to get the swelling down and be back in a couple of days.”
“Apparently there’s nothing wrong as we know it right now,” said manager Joe Maddon. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take for him to be well to be able to pitch, but he’s fine.”
Regardless of the good X-ray results and Hendricks’ optimism, the Cubs don’t know if he will miss any time. Hendricks is unlikely to pitch again in the NLDS even if the series went five games, which gives him time to recover.
If Hendricks is not able to play the Cubs have a 5th starting pitcher, Jason Hammel, who is more than capable of throwing a good game, which he did many times in the regular season.