Source: Hendricks to start against Reds


Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will make his major league debut later this week for the Chicago Cubs against the Cincinnati Reds, according to a source close to the situation.

Hendricks, 24, started and threw only two innings before being pulled in Triple-A Iowa’s 5-4 victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday night. It sets him up to start Wednesday or Thursday in Cincinnati, where the Cubs open a five-game series on Monday evening. The Cubs haven’t announced starters for either of those games.

Hendricks is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA for Iowa after being named the Cubs' minor league pitcher of the year in 2013. He was a combined 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A last season. He was acquired from the Texas Rangers in 2012 as part of a trade for pitcher Ryan Dempster.

Hendricks isn’t overpowering but commands the strike zone well. Since going pro in 2011, he’s 31-19 with a 2.68 ERA in 68 minor league starts. He has walked just 23 batters this season in 102.2 innings pitched. The Cubs still have to add Hendricks to their 40-man roster.