Each week, CSNChicago.com takes a look at the injury report from both the Cubs and White Sox, presented by Service King.
It looks like the Cubs have dodged a couple potential big-time injuries to their pitching staff this week.
Jason Hammel was forced to leave his start on Memorial Day after only two innings. He came out to warm up before the third and suddenly found himself on the ground clutching his leg.
The Cubs called it a hamstring cramp, but Hammel is fully expected to make his next start Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Meanwhile, closer Hector Rondon was unavailable for a couple games after his back tightened up during a pregame workout. But everything appears to be OK on that front for now, as Joe Maddon said Rondon was good to go for Friday's game.
If either Hammel or Rondon were forced to miss more time, it would've been a tough blow for the Cubs pitching staff.
Hammel is 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA as part of the best starting rotation in baseball. Rondon is the anchor in the bullpen, posting a 1.04 ERA and 0.635 WHIP while going a perfect 9-for-9 in save chances.
Austin Jackson left Sunday's contest after battling turf toe on his left foot. The White Sox didn't place Jackson on the DL. His return to the lineup is uncertain.
Last week, the White Sox placed Kevan Smith on the 7-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury. The 27-year-old catcher has missed nearly a month of action due to a back injury, but it’s unclear if he’s battling the same injury. Smith has only played in one game in Triple-A Charlotte in the last month and a half.
Jake Petricka has been out since May 2 due to a right hip impingement. The White Sox reliever is currently rehabbing in Arizona, but there’s no timetable for his return.
Daniel Webb also has been out of action for a while. Webb suffered a right elbow flexor inflammation injury and was placed on the 15-day DL on April 29. He remains there and it’s unclear when he’ll make his return.