Hendricks, who started for the first time since June 4, couldn’t pitch out of the fifth but stretched out to 92 pitches in Monday’s loss to the Sox.
The Cubs may run the city’s baseball scene, but the Sox — who came in on a nine-game losing streak — struck first in this year’s Crosstown Classic.
One of Jon Lester’s best traits during his career has been his resolve. On Saturday, he used plenty of it to beat the Cardinals.
Hendricks retired all 15 he faced in Monday’s rehab start and is set to rejoin a rotation already looking rejuvenated after the Quintana trade.
Hendricks fared well in a minor-league rehab start Monday, and the Cubs plan to evaluate him later in the week and decide whether to activate him.
Hendricks could be back in the Cubs’ rotation just in time for the team’s second-half push.
The team president and manager may not see eye to eye on returning Kyle Schwarber to the Cubs’ leadoff spot, but Epstein says it’s the skipper’s call.