Good news: Kyle Hendricks came through his throwing sessions this weekend without pain in the hand that had been bothering him.
That’s a good first step in finally getting the righty back on the bump.
But the next step remains a bit up in the air, as Hendricks plans to keep throwing daily as the Cubs determine a specific schedule for his rehab.
Even in a best case scenario, the timeline for getting back before the All-Star break is not favorable.
“It’s going to be tough to come back before (the All-Star break), just because of the amount of throwing that has to be done,” Hendricks told the Tribune. Even if Hendricks feels good this week, and is then ready for a minor league rehab start, you’re looking at about 10 to 12 days, at a minimum, before Hendricks could pitch in a big league game. At that point, you’re literally a couple days away from the break.
Hendricks hasn’t pitched since June 4 due to inflammation/tendinitis in his right middle finger. At first, the Cubs expected him to miss just one start, but the discomfort took a long time to abate.
On the bright side, the injury afforded the Cubs an opportunity to slot Mike Montgomery into the rotation, where he’s pitched very well. It also gave Hendricks’ arm a little extra rest after two long seasons.
In those respects, this is not an injury that makes you gnash your teeth too much, especially if he’s able to come back healthy and ready to go after the All-Star break.