Cubs hope veteran starter can do it Kyle Hendricks The Chicago Sun-Times’ Maddie Lee reported that although they are ready for Opening Day, the team is in no rush to bring him back. He rehabilitated a torn shoulder capsule and finished the season on the injured reserve list.
A report at the end of October said Hendricks was a bit behind his pitching schedule as he hoped to start playing catch by the end of the 2022 season. Instead, that target he shifted to November.
pitching coach tommy hotby Hendrix has been in a trained pitching program and playing catch on flat ground provided an update to Lee. Yes, but the Cubs still want him to be part of the Opening Day roster.
“I am overly focused on getting Kyle back to being the best version of himself, no rushing, no pushing. I know what I can do when I’m there.” Hottovy told Lee.
The 16 starts Hendrix made in 2022 were the fewest in a season since 2014 (excluding the 2020 campaign). His output has dipped a bit over the last few years, but in the 2021-22 season he posted a 4.78 ERA in 265 1/3 innings, and he’s still been a valuable starter for Chicago over the past few seasons. continues to exist.
The Cubs are now penciling him into a rotation that includes veterans. Marcus Stroman, Jameson Tailon When Drew Smiley. left handed Justin Steele It looks like it will take a step forward in 2022 and become the fifth option in its group. That makes for a solid five-man rotation, but if Hendrix isn’t ready for the season either, the Cubs have some good options. Adrian Sampson He had some success last season with 19 starts, and it was a sight to behold, Keegan Thompson, Hayden Wesnesky When Javier Assad All young options doing well in their short time in the majors.
In the bullpen, the Cubs cody heuer at some stage. Hoyer underwent Tommy John surgery in spring training last year, but Lee reports he’s on track to return to the mound in late June or early July. After he came to the Cubs in a cross-town trade with the White Sox, Nick Madrigal When Craig Kimbrel, Hoyer pitched 28 2/3 innings with a 3.14 ERA. He doesn’t get many strikeouts, but he induces a lot of soft touches and could do well with a strong Cubs defense behind him. A small funding round of up to $800,000 is expected (as projected by Matt Swartz) and three more seasons under the team’s control.
Sticking with the injured reliever, the Yankees bullpen took a big hit. Michael King I broke my elbow and fell. King pitched 51 innings with a 2.29 ERA and blossomed into the Yankees’ dominant multi-inning relief pitcher. Chris Kirscher of The Athletic reports that King may not be ready for day one, saying he’s “a bit optimistic” to think he can speed up for the first game of the season . In any case, Kirschner added that King has started a pitching program and is “going well.”