It’s the nature and location of the injury, more than the severity, that have caused a deliberate approach to the recovery and rehab.
A second MRI suggested nothing worse than the inflammation originally diagnosed, but the Cubs will be “patient” with the “awkward injury.”
The Cubs’ rotation already has underperformed this season (4.75 ERA) before losing last year’s major-league ERA champion.
Montgomery will roll with whatever task is set before him, because that’s just who he is. It’s who Hendricks is, too, a big part of why they click.
Mike Montgomery will start in Hendricks’ place Friday against the Colorado Rockies after last year’s MLB ERA leader went on the DL with a hand injury.
With an ERA of 4.09 — nearly double what he posted a season ago — Hendricks clearly isn’t his best self.
Home runs are up; the margin for error is down; questions are up; and the front office is well down the road in its search for outside pitching help.