Cubs pitcher Jordan Wicks likely headed to IL with strained oblique

Cubs starter Jordan Wicks left Friday's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals because of a strained right oblique and will likely be placed on the injured list, manager Craig Counsell said.

Wicks exited in the second inning. He walked off the field accompanied by a trainer after giving up a two-out single to Dylan Carlson. 

"He felt it a couple pitches before, and then after he threw a couple more pitches, knew he couldn’t do any more," Counsell said. "So, we’ll get imaging tomorrow and likely IL, and we’ll go from there."

Wicks gave up two hits and struck out two in his first start and second appearance since returning from a strained left forearm. He was sidelined for six weeks. 

Kyle Hendricks came in and retired Brendan Donovan on a grounder to second. Hendricks pitched two-hit ball over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He retired 11 straight batters before giving up back-to-back singles in the sixth. Hendricks got out of that jam by getting Paul Goldschmidt to fly out and Nolan Arenado to ground into a force.


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