Kyle Hendricks is officially, officially back, as the Chicago Cubs today activated the righty from the disabled list, where he’s been since the first week of June.
Now over the tendinitis in his right middle finger, Hendricks will take on the White Sox today at Wrigley Field, and his return is very welcomed. Not only does it further stabilize the Cubs’ rotation, but frankly, I just really enjoy watching Hendricks pitch.
He’ll take the spot of reliever Felix Pena (Rogers), who came up to help cover the bullpen this weekend, though he was not ultimately needed. Pena came up when Tommy La Stella was optioned, and it was expected that Hendricks would then replace a reliever – so, in reality, Hendricks’ spot is coming from La Stella.
The series of moves allows the Cubs to stay at eight relievers – Mike Montgomery is now in the pen – which has been Joe Maddon’s preference in his time with the Cubs. The bench is limited to just four, but there is so much versatility that the Cubs haven’t been burned by it. La Stella figures to be back eventually, though.