By Chris Emma–
CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks was removed from Game 2 of the NLDS with two outs in the fourth inning after taking a comebacker to the pitching arm Saturday night. The team is calling it a forearm contusion. X-rays on Hendricks’ forearm were negative, the Cubs said.
Giants outfielder Angel Pagan hit a line drive that jammed Hendricks. The ball appeared to hit near the elbow of Hendricks, who picked up the ball and threw late to first base. Cubs personnel approached Hendricks at the mound. He threw four practice pitches and appeared to be pleading with manager Joe Maddon to stay in the game.
Following the Cubs’ 5-2 victory, Hendricks admitted that he was feeling fine, but the decision was made with fear that the swelling could prevent effectiveness.
“Hopefully it’s a day-to-day thing,” Hendricks said.
Maddon also suggested that Hendricks would be OK, though the swelling will control how soon Hendricks can return. With a 2-0 lead in the NLDS, the Cubs don’t have much to worry about.
Hendricks threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs on 52 pitches. Reliever Travis Wood took over for Hendricks, who retreated to the clubhouse after leaving the game. He hit a home run in the bottom half of the inning.
The Cubs also picked up two runs from Hendricks, who hit a two-run single to right field in the third inning.
Needing one win to advance on, the Cubs will look to close out the Giants on Monday in San Francisco. It will be Jake Arrieta matching up against Madison Bumgarner.