Kyle Hendricks Still Not Officially on the Rotation Schedule, Which Has a Big Open Question on Sunday

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Kyle Hendricks Still Not Officially on the Rotation Schedule, Which Has a Big Open Question on Sunday

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have announced their pitchers for today and tomorrow, clarifying (partially) the rotation situation. Zach Davies will go today, and then Trevor Williams, who has been following him in the rotation, will go tomorrow.

Sunday is still listed as a TBA, and the question is about Kyle Hendricks. Scratched from his last scheduled start because of illness (and the ongoing Cubs COVID situation, where the team is being extra cautious while testing and quarantining), Hendricks was replaced by Alec Mills. The Sunday start in the rotation would’ve been Adbert Alzolay’s, but he was optioned out so the Cubs could bring in Shelby Miller, who had the right to opt out of his minor league deal if he wasn’t called up by Thursday.

So, then, on Sunday, the Cubs could go with Hendricks, if he’s still testing negative and feels good. The Cubs could go with Mills if he hasn’t been used today or tomorrow. The Cubs could go with Miller, which is what I would have expected, but his debut was such a disaster that I’m no longer sure he’s a viable starting option in the short-term.

I presume the Cubs are hoping Hendricks just takes that start. If things got really dire, the Cubs could bring back Alzolay to make the start *if* he were replacing someone going on the Injured List (otherwise, you can’t come back for 10 days after an option).



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.