Cubs GM Jed Hoyer was on The Score this morning, discussing, among other things, the state of Kyle Hendricks’ shoulder, which has had him on the Injured List for almost two weeks now. Joe Maddon today also discussed Hendricks, who threw a bullpen yesterday. Once tests revealed an impingement in his shoulder, it was fair to assume he’d be out until the All-Star break, but comments from the Cubs today leave open the possibility that he could return sooner.
Though not necessarily “soon”:
"There's not perfect timetable yet. His bullpen went well. He has another one schedule. His return to the rotation is not imminent." -Jed Hoyer on Kyle Hendricks. Hoyer added they'll know more after next bullpen session
— Bernstein & McKnight (@Bernstein_McK) June 27, 2019
Maddon said its still possible Kyle Hendricks could pitch before the all star break. Also, said they aren't ready to announce anything on what's next for Alzolay
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 27, 2019
In other words, the Cubs will see how Hendricks feels after throwing off the mound again in a few days, and then probably make a decision if he needs more time there, a minor league rehab start, or if he can just hop right back into the rotation for a start or two before the All-Star break.
My guess, though, is that they’re going to take it very easy with him, especially with the ability to use Adbert Alzolay and Tyler Chatwood (and Mike Montgomery, if it came to that) as starters. You’d love to have Hendricks back in there as soon as possible, but you’d obviously much rather put him in the best position possible to be entirely healthy for the second half and longer.
So far, so good, though. He’s already on the mound. That’s good.