Hendricks 'focusing on every throw' to improve

Starter working on mechanics after difficult June; Edwards progressing in rehab

June 30th, 2018

CHICAGO -- After his last start in Los Angeles on Wednesday, in which he lasted 2 2/3 innings, Cubs starter admitted he was "searching." He's been watching a lot of video as he tries to find answers.

"It hasn't felt right for the last few outings," Hendricks said on Saturday. "We go through the same process -- watch video and see what's going bad and go back and look at good video from the playoffs last year or two years ago. We're trying to overlay video or [play it] side by side to see what I feel with what we see in the video. Then we all go out and take it out to throw. It's every day, focusing on every throw. When you've got bad habits, you've got to take advantage of repetition to get the good habits going again."

Hendricks, who was 1-4 with a 7.03 ERA in five starts in June, says he can look at video all day, but that it will come down to how he feels on the mound with his mechanics.

"[It's] 100 percent [feel]," Hendricks said. "You can talk about it, see it as much as you want, but getting your body in the right position to do it, that's the hard part. It's the fun part, too. You take it as a positive. It's an obstacle, but working through these kinds of things will only make you better."

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gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in two-thirds of an inning in a Minor League rehab outing Friday with Triple-A Iowa. He threw 19 pitches, and he will likely make another appearance on Sunday or Monday with Iowa before he's activated. Edwards has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

"He didn't finish the inning, but we wanted him at 20 pitches," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

• Maddon is hopeful that will have some peace of mind after seeing his doctor in Texas. Orthopedist Keith Meister diagnosed Darvish with a right elbow impingement and inflammation and gave the pitcher a cortisone shot. The Cubs were hopeful Darvish could come off the disabled list and pitch this weekend, but he felt pain in his right arm during a bullpen session on Thursday in Los Angeles.

"Hopefully, this relaxes his mind a bit moving forward," Maddon said. "Whenever you define a situation, it always helps the human being."

• Maddon has managed in instructional league in Arizona, where the temperature wouldn't dip below 100 degrees, and he has also spent time in the Texas League, where the weather can be extremely warm and humid. So what was the hottest day he's ever had on the field?

"Yesterday," Maddon said of Friday's game at Wrigley Field. It was 96 degrees at first pitch for the Cubs game against the Twins.