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Cubs, Lester look to move past adversity

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CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks was placed on the disabled list Thursday, and the Cubs aren't sure when shortstop Addison Russell will return. Jon Lester said it's all part of the game.

"Baseball is a game of adjustments," Lester said after the Cubs' 4-1 loss to the Rockies. "It's a game that can be cruel to you at times and good to you at times. With Kyle going down and the stuff going on with Addy, that's why we have 25 guys and we'll figure it out."

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CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks was placed on the disabled list Thursday, and the Cubs aren't sure when shortstop Addison Russell will return. Jon Lester said it's all part of the game.

"Baseball is a game of adjustments," Lester said after the Cubs' 4-1 loss to the Rockies. "It's a game that can be cruel to you at times and good to you at times. With Kyle going down and the stuff going on with Addy, that's why we have 25 guys and we'll figure it out."

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Hendricks was scratched from Friday's start against the Rockies because of inflammation on the back of his right hand. Russell is dealing with allegations of domestic abuse, which were being checked by Major League Baseball. How do the Cubs deal with the adversity?

"Depth," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's all about depth. You don't win without depth. We've been pretty good about picking other guys up over the last couple years. The fact you have a [Mike] Montgomery to pick up Hendricks on a start he's going to miss, that's not a bad thing.

"The fact you can have Javy [Baez] pick up Addison is not a bad thing," Maddon said. "These are the kind of things you have to expect over the course of the year when your depth is tested."

Video: COL@CHC: Maddon discusses the Cubs' loss at home

Lester tried to start the four-game series against the Rockies on a positive note and get the focus back to baseball but needed 24 pitches to get through the first inning. His pitch count continued to climb, and he was lifted after throwing 94 pitches over five innings.

The Rockies scored all of their runs with two outs in the second on a bloop RBI double by Charlie Blackmon and a three-run homer by DJ LeMahieu.

"He's a really good pitcher," LeMahieu said. "He's going to do his thing the majority of the time. We caught him four or five batters in a row where he didn't have his 'A' game and we took advantage of it. He settled in and pitched pretty well after that."

The outing ended Lester's streak of 23 straight starts at Wrigley Field allowing three or fewer runs. It also was his first loss at home since May 15, 2016. He knew he'd have to battle after the long first inning.

Video: COL@CHC: Blackmon plates Wolters with an RBI double

"You get a two-out bloop double from Blackmon on a really, really good pitch and Javy made an unbelievable effort on that -- I thought there was no chance anybody would get close to it and Javy was close," Lester said. "I was just informed that's [LeMahieu's] second homer in four years off a left-handed fastball.

"At the end of the day, I'll take me throwing my fastball down and away and a guy hitting an 'oppo' homer," Lester said. "It sucks. We got the loss. We got beat. Tip your hat."

And move on.

"You can't dwell on the negatives," Lester said. "You look forward to tomorrow now. Regardless who's on the mound, who's not on the mound, we'll figure it out as we go."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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