The Cubs selected the contract of RHP Kyle Hendricks from Triple-A Iowa, added him to the 40-man roster and called Hendricks up to make his Major League debut Thursday in the finale of the five-game series with the Reds.
Dallas Beeler was optioned to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for Kyle Hendricks.
With the addition of RHP Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
The Cubs acquired RHP Kyle Hendricks from the Rangers, along with 3B Christian Villanueva, for Ryan Dempster in July of 2012. In his first season in the Cubs system, Hendricks went 13-4 in 27 starts for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Hendricks was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year and spent the spring in big league camp on a non-roster invitation.
Jed Hoyer said earlier this week the Cubs are looking forward to seeing how Kyle Hendricks performs at the big league level for the remainder of the season.
The Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Iowa in order to keep a reliever on the active roster over the last four games prior to the All-Star break. Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood are scheduled to face the Braves at Wrigley Field in the final three games before the team gets a four-day breather for the Midsummer Classic. The Cubs first game after the break is against the Diamondbacks in Arizona on July 19 and the team would not need a fourth or fifth starter until July 22 when the Cubs open a 10-game homestand.