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Longtime Starter to Head to Bullpen After Horrid Start

Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO, IL: Manager Craig Counsell of the Cubs informed the team's beat, Patrick Mooney of the Athletic, that Kyle Hendricks will be temporarily moved to the bullpen. Counsell said that while the organization hopes to see the seasoned right-hander return to the rotation in the future, he must first improve his performance.


Throughout his whole career, Hendricks has been a starting pitcher. During his first seven years in the Major League Baseball, he had a unique arm at the top of the rotation.


Merely average speed and strikeout totals were more than compensated for by Hendricks' impeccable command and capacity to keep the ball on the ground. During Chicago's historic 2016 season, he was named the ERA champion and finished in the top 10 of the Cy Young voting twice.


Hendricks, in the midst of his age 34 season, is pitching to a 10.57 ERA across just 30.2 innings. Hendricks has been tagged for 36 earned runs and has compiled a miserable 25 strikeouts.


Hendricks has been a sore spot for the Cubs this season, in a pitching staff that cannot afford to have these types of situations. Hendricks has more than enough time to make the turn and find himself starting games, but for now, the veteran will find himself in late situations.


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