Over the course of the last week, the Chicago Cubs have been playing fantastic baseball. However, they’ve experienced a few bumps in the road, as well.
After seeing their five-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Miami Marlins in last night’s series finale, the team looks to move on tonight. Ahead of Thursday’s series opener against the Colorado Rockies, the Chicago Cubs made multiple roster moves.
Let’s reflect on this eventful homestand before we dive into what’s buzzing on the North Side. Chicago found themselves back at Wrigley Field, hosting Dexter Fowler and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Thanks to some solid pitching and explosive bats, the Cubs swept the Redbirds, putting themselves back into first place. The same trend continued against the Marlins, first, with former Cubs’ right-hander Dan Straily on the mound. When the dust settled, Chicago took two-of-three from Miami.
Now, as mentioned earlier, the Cubs made roster moves which involved multiple arms from their pitching staff. According to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, right-hander Kyle Hendricks was placed on the 10-day disabled list (tendinitis) late this afternoon.
Hendricks started Sunday’s series finale against St. Louis. A 2016 National League Cy Young candidate, struggled in four innings of work, giving up four earned runs on as many hits.
When One Door Closes
The 27-year-old starter’s stint on the disabled list is expected to be brief and opens the door for Seth Frankoff. Frankoff had his contracted selected by the Cubs.
Chicago signed Frankoff to a minor league deal during the offseason after he had spent some time with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm systems. A majority of his work has come from the bullpen as he had only picked up 58 career starts, posting a 3.58 ERA, 26-27 record, 571/203 K/BB ratio and 1.25 WHIP.
For now, Mike Montgomery will be filling in for Hendricks while Frankoff could make an appearance in long relief. Depending on if Joe Maddon needs to pull his starter early, either way, having a fresh arm will definitely help.
The end of Anderson in a Cubs uniform?
However, when it comes to southpaw Brett Anderson, his stay on the disabled list will be much longer. Also, reported by Mark Gonzalez via Twitter, Anderson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Originally, the Cubs placed on him the 10-day but opted to scoot him over in order to make room for Frankoff on the 40-man roster. Anderson started out strong for the Cubs, yielding only one earned run in two of his first starts with the defending champions.
Anderson continues to battle back problems. This, of course, later meant another trip to the disabled list. In addition, Chicago mentioned that there had been no setback via CBS Sports.
He should be back sometime before the All-Star Break in mid-July.