More help is on the way for the Cubs' rotation.
Jose Quintana arrived and had one of the best starts of his career in his Cubs debut on Sunday. Now, Kyle Hendricks is nearing a return and appears to be in good form already.
Hendricks made his second rehab start with AA Tennessee on Monday and was perfect. He retired all 15 batters in five innings of work and struck out three. He also got five flyouts, five groundouts, a line out and a pop up.
Last week, Hendricks gave up a run in 3 1/3 innings and threw 45 pitches. This time out, Hendricks totaled 63 pitches, 43 of which were strikes.
Duane Underwood Jr. came on in relief of Hendricks and took the perfect game into the ninth before giving up a single with one out. After giving up the no-hitter, Underwood later gave up the lead and the Smokies needed a run in the bottom half of the ninth to win 3-2.
Hendricks has been out since June 4 with right hand tendinitis. His seemingly imminent return, coupled with Quintana's recent arrival, could force some tough decisions in the Cubs' rotation.
Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.
Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.
At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.
This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.
Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.
Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.
David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.
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