The Cubs have received nothing but good news ever since the day after Kyle Hendricks took a 94mph line drive off his right forearm.
The Cy Young candidate only lasted 14 outs in his Game 2 start before coming out in favor of Travis Wood after the comebacker. But Hendricks has reported no issues since then and has thrown several times without any hiccups.
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As such, Joe Maddon announced Hendricks as the NLCS Game 2 starter against the Dodgers, with the Cubs keeping the same rotation of Jon Lester, Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey.
"I've made it clear to them I'm ready to go," Hendricks said Friday before the Cubs' workout at Wrigley Field. "I think it was clear a couple days ago. It felt really good. Like I said, once I was able to get back in my normal throwing program, everything from there is good to go."
With the Cubs' miraculous ninth inning comeback against the Giants in Game 4, it allowed Maddon and Co. to reset the rotation.
The Cubs can now line up the battle-tested Lester to try to set the tone in Game 1 and Hendricks in Game 2 at Wrigley Field, where he led the majors in home ERA (1.32).
The NLDS outing was Hendricks' third postseason start of his career, but he has yet to make it out of the fifth inning. Of course, his first 2016 postseason start would've lasted longer if it wasn't for the line drive off the bat of Angel Pagan.
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The 26-year-old believes he is much more relaxed pitching in October now and expects better results next time around.
"Getting through that first series there, there was a lot of emotion, a lot of high energy, especially on the road," Hendricks said. "It was getting loud in that ballpark. Kinda going through those experiences, but also from last year, pitching in a few postseason games.
"The crowd here at Wrigley, honestly, we've had some games in the regular season that are just as loud here in the playoffs. We've kinda gotten used to it, I guess throughout the year. I'll be ready to go."