Cubs’ Velazquez hits grand slam, Hendricks begins rehab assignment

Cubs’ Velazquez hits grand slam, Hendricks begins rehab assignment

The Chicago Cubs have announced that outfielder Rafael Ortega has been placed on the paternity list and will be absent from the team for up to three days. Ortega, 30, is hitting .293 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 34 games this season for the Cubs.

In a corresponding move, the Cubs have recalled outfielder Greg Deichmann from Triple-A Iowa. Deichmann, 26, was acquired by the Cubs from the Oakland Athletics earlier this season in the Andrew Chafin trade. He has played in just one game for the Cubs this year, going 0-for-4 at the plate.

The Cubs also announced that right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. Hendricks, 33, has been out of action since July 5 due to a right shoulder strain. He is expected to throw around four innings and 60 pitches in his first rehab start.

Hendricks is a key piece of the Cubs’ pitching staff, and has been with the team since 2014. He was a major contributor to the team’s World Series championship in 2016, and has been one of the team’s most reliable starters over the years. The Cubs will be hoping that Hendricks can return to form quickly and help the team compete as they look to make a push for the playoffs.

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