(CBS) After suffering a contusion in taking a liner off his throwing arm in Game 2 of the NLDS, Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks is expected to be healthy for the NLCS, manager Joe Maddon said on the Spiegel and Goff Show on Thursday.
How the Cubs’ rotation lines up isn’t set in stone, though.
After going Jon Lester-Hendricks-Jake Arrieta-John Lackey in the NLDS, moving Arrieta up to Game 2 of the NLCS to give Hendricks a little extra recovery time is a consideration, Maddon said. While the Cubs haven’t officially announced their rotation yet, it’s a foregone conclusion that Lester will start game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will face either the Dodgers and Nationals, who play Game 5 of their NLDS on Thursday night.
“We’ll find out who we’re going to play, then we’ll announce what we’re going to do,” Maddon said.
“Kyle, I think, is going to be fine. I don’t know if we’ll have to move him back, maybe move Jake up. I’m not 100 percent sure.”
Hendricks has expressed his confidence to Maddon.
“He came to me in San Francisco after he threw, and he was as effusively happy as he could possibly be,” Maddon said. “He told me he felt great.
“I don’t anticipate any kind of negative results with him moving forward.”
Listen to Maddon’s full interview below.