Veteran non-roster right-hander Junichi Tazawa has earned raves from the staff and pitched himself into the discussion.
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Maddon said he’ll wait until Darvish gets through Sunday before declaring the order of his rotation after Jon Lester. Darvish would be No. 2.
The three-time All-Star, who has outperformed his $41 million contract, said he wants to finish his career with the Cubs.
Hendricks is scheduled for an abbreviated tuneup Tuesday against the Red Sox, just ahead of his season debut, likely against the Braves on April 1.
Asked if this could be his last season in the majors, Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist caught himself, saying: “Yeah — I mean, I don’t know.”
Although affiliates are responsible for many overhead expenses associated with their clubs, MLB clubs are responsible for players’ salaries.
But Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn’t rule out pushing the presumptive No. 2 starter back in the opening rotation as a precaution.
“When the regular season starts, if it’s a series and guys get hit,” Edwards said, “I really expect for us to do the same thing.”
A series of seemingly minor changes this spring could pay off big for the Cubs and their catcher during a pivotal 2019 season.
A year after the Cubs’ Ian Happ homered on the first pitch of the season, the ball again was flying.
Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr., who replaced Darvish after he left the game with a blister, was ejected after he hit Austin Nola with a pitch.
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Darvish left the Cubs’ game Tuesday against the Mariners with a blister on his ring finger.
Will third baseman Bryant test the free-agency waters or stay with the Cubs when his contract runs out in 2021?
Bryant also said the Cubs have been quiet about contract talks with his camp.