Epstein Offers Health Updates on Hendricks, Morrow, Edwards, Hoerner

Theo Epstein spoke to the media ahead of Monday’s series opener with the Braves and shared several updates on the health of various players. And for a change, all of it was positive. Wait, seriously? Yup.


Kyle Hendricks threw 15 pitches today in what was described as a “touch-and-feel” bullpen session. He’s tentatively scheduled for a full session later in the week, which means the Cubs will almost certainly need to cover at least one more of his starts past the one he’ll miss against the Braves.

Brandon Morrow has already thrown two mound sessions and has a third planned for Tuesday, which is really good news. As always, you load up any Morrow news with a heaping helping of salt, but this is the most positive update we’ve gotten on him in a long while.

Carl Edwards Jr. is up to 120 feet on his long-toss sessions and will move to the mound in the near future. Mark Gonzales got some video of the Stringbean Slinger slinging it from 90 feet this afternoon.

In the final bit of news, top prospect Nico Hoerner has nearly recovered from his fractured wrist and could play in rehab games out in Mesa later in the week. And speaking of later in the week, Epstein confirmed the Craig Kimbrel timeline we’ve been hearing. Provided all goes well, the closer could be with the Cubs by the end of the week.

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