SAN FRANCISCO – Kyle Hendricks sounds ready for whatever comes next, whether the Cubs get pushed into a crazy elimination game against the San Francisco Giants or want to start the Cy Young Award contender at the beginning of the National League Championship Series.
Under the watchful eyes of pitching coach Chris Bosio, assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur and Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, Hendricks tested his right forearm before Tuesday’s Game 4 in this best-of-five NL Division Series, completing his throwing session on the AT&T Park outfield grass.
“Good to go,” Hendricks said. “Perfect.”
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San Francisco’s Angel Pagan knocked Hendricks out of Game 2 when he drilled a line drive back to the Wrigley Field mound. Hendricks – who had lasted at least five innings in each of his 30 starts during the regular season – threw only 52 pitches and couldn’t finish the fourth. But Hendricks did come through with a backbreaking two-run single off ex-Cub Jeff Samardzija in a 5-2 victory.
And if the Cubs somehow wind up in another 13-inning, five-hour-plus marathon, manager Joe Maddon believes the majors’ ERA leader would be available out of the bullpen in an all-hands-on-deck situation on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.
“I think that would be possible,” Maddon said.