Hendricks Starts Strong, Aims To Stay That Way

"The consistency of my mechanics feels a lot better so far," Kyle Hendricks says.

Bruce Levine
February 26, 2020 - 6:40 pm

MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks made his spring debut Wednesday, and the early returns were good as he and his team eye March 26, the earliest Opening Day date in MLB history. 

Hendricks threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out one and walking none in the Cubs' eventual 8-0 win against the Royals in Cactus League play. Afterward, Hendricks was already looking ahead.

"We are feeling kind of ready," Hendricks said. "This does make you think about how soon the season really starts, but it was just about getting my work in today."

With the help of a new trainer, the 30-year-old Hendricks worked extensively in the offseason on conditioning and getting his core muscles and legs in the best shape possible. He did so because he felt he wasn't balanced enough coming off the rubber toward home plate at times in 2019.

He believes he has seen the progress already.

"I felt pretty good out there today," Hendricks said. "I maybe got a little quick out there against the last hitter or two. All and all, (catcher Victor Caratini and I) were pretty much on the same page. As an entire group, we started in this camp pretty much ready to go. We are already ahead of schedule. We will all get our work in that is for sure.

"The consistency of my mechanics feels a lot better so far. My strength over the mound now, I feel I am in a consistent position. Everything is coming out of my hand right. My sinker has more depth already, and my changeup is on time."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.