With the Cubs season coming to a close, Hendricks is now in Arizona rehabbing where his focus has shifted to the 2023 season
For the first time in his career, #PoetryInMotion Kyle Hendricks was not able to pitch into the month of August. His last outing was July 5 in Milwaukee facing the Brewers where he threw 69 pitches through three innings. The Cubs picked up an 8-3 win but that was the last outing of the 2022 campaign for Hendricks. He went on the 15 day injured list with a shoulder strain. An MRI later revealed a capsular tear in his right shoulder that would put him on the 60 day IL and end his season early.
"It was hard to tell when it first happened. We weren't quite sure what was going on but when I got a few months past it and tried to pick up a baseball like after 4 or 5 weeks, I still was feeling it. So then we were able to go back and look in there and able to see exactly what was going on," he said.
With the Cubs season coming to a close, Hendricks is now in Arizona rehabbing where his focus has shifted to the 2023 season. "I can take advantage of the everyday work there and really kind of get more done in a way. Just really attack the rehab and make some gains and change a few things just to get back to being who I am." He says things have been going great the last couple of weeks and he's making really good progress.
The 2016 MLB ERA leader and the Cubs most reliable arm over the last 4-5 years finished the season with his highest ERA (4.80) in 9 seasons and tied his highest walks per 9 innings (2.6 in 2017). Hendricks is in the 2nd year of a 4 year/$55 million deal with a team option for 2024.
I chopped it up with him right before he left for Arizona. We talked his season ending injury, the Marcus Stroman effect, the 2016 squad, his all-time MLB squad and more. Press play on the video above.