Cubs Reassign Kyle Hendricks to Minor League Camp

A day after tossing three innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers, the Cubs reassigned RHP Kyle Hendricks to minor league camp. The Cubs announced the spring roster move Saturday. With Hendricks no longer in big league camp, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 53 players.

CubsMesaLogo-pubKyle Hendricks made three Cactus League starts and squared off against Eric Jokisch during the Intrasquad game on Feb. 26. Hendricks allowed three runs on five hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts in eight innings this spring (3.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).

The Cubs have been consistent in the fact Hendricks needs more time in the minors. Even with Chris Bosio in his corner, Kyle Hendricks was slated to begin the season at Triple-A Iowa before camp began.

The fifth spot in the Cubs’ rotation appears to be down to Carlos Villanueva, Chris Rusin and James McDonald due to the fact Jake Arrieta has not thrown in a Cactus League game. Arrieta will throw a live batting practice session on Sunday.

Kyle Hendricks will increase his innings in minor league Spring Training games and should be on the hill for the Iowa Cubs on Opening Day. Hendricks and Jokisch should be 1-2 in the I-Cubs’ rotation when the season begins.

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  • JohnnyVee

    Sure thought he looked good enough to be the 5th starter but of course we went ahead and signed the great James McDonald

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    was Hendricks in AAA last year? Guess I am trying to figure out how much more he needs to do in minors.

    The conspiratorial cynic in me just thinks the FO just doesn’t want to have anyone’s mlb service time clock start until a couple of the studs are finally called up (Baez, Bryant, etc). The thought being “what’s the point” of having your fringe rookies start their service time now if these games are utterly meaningless at the mlb level.

    There must be a third category of rookie though…otherwise why did Junior Lake come up last year at all? That was probably more due to eventual logjam (Soler, Almora, Bryant) that could occur in OF, so get Lake up here and see what he can do before those hard decisions have to be made of who to trade, to make room for an heir apparent.

    • Tony_H

      Not until the end of the year.

      Tennessee 126 IP
      Iowa 40 IP

      Hendricks is not the type of player you worry about his service clock. If they thought he was ready, he would be up.

      • cubtex

        agreed. See. We can agree on something.

        • Tony_H

          Of course we can, we just don’t get extra focused and pumped up on the topics we agree on :)

          • Theboardrider

            Astute observation :)

        • Tony_H

          I know you don’t like John Arguello’s style, and I don’t like posting his articles on Neil’s site, so I went back to this thread so you would get it in an email. He is doing a weekly draft report and is going to post it on Sunday nights. Thought you would enjoy it.

          • cubtex

            thanks man. I like all draft stuff. I actually agree with some of his stuff on the prospects. I am cooling on Trea Turner too. He is all speed and he is not hitting with any authority this year. Beede is pitching very well and could very well be gone before Cubs pick. Will be an interesting next couple of months.

    • Tom U

      As far as Lake is concerned, he had a rib injury in spring training that had to heal before he could take the field. Lake also had no previous experience at Triple-A before last year. His call-up after only 40 games at Iowa can be considered out of the ordinary.

  • cubtex

    In case anyone is wondering what Keith Moreland is doing these days…he is back in Austin working for the Longhorn Network doing College Baseball games.

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  • Theboardrider

    Jake Arrieta as a 5th starter isn’t too shabby. The problem is the he could also probably be our number 2 starter so…

    I know Arietta isn’t ready now but that occurred to me. I give the nod to Rusin. He had some good games last year so let’s see what e can do. Villanueva is probably the best of the 3 but he is really effective in that log setup role.

    • cubtex

      The starting pitching staff will be a revolving door this year. Will be at the bottom in all of baseball.

    • cubtex

      The starting pitching staff will be a revolving door this year. Will be at the bottom in all of baseball.