MLB opening day is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a final few silly spring training ailments and injuries. Kyle Hendricks found that out the hard way after an ill-advised run to Taco Bell in Las Vegas.
That’s according to a few different reports, including Bruce Levine:
Kyle Hendricks food poisoning in Las Vegas . " Stopped at Taco place -Bad decision" He is headed to training room .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) March 27, 2017
And as Cubs HQ notes, the food poisoning was just the final oddity of the Cubs trip to Las Vegas:
First, there was a shooting outside of their team hotel while they were being transported to their game. Once at the game, the Cubs destroyed the Reds 22-4 during the spring training game making it the biggest point spread of 2017.
Later that night, Hendricks went to get some food at Taco Bell and got food poisoning according to ESPN.
“I felt awful,” Hendricks told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Hendricks was a massive part of the Cubs success last year, both in the regular season and in the postseason; he started and pitched well in the clinching game 6 of the NLCS, as well as the legendary seventh game of the World Series. You’d think such a cerebral athlete (both on-field and off, since he went to Dartmouth) would know better than to chance a trip to the border, but sometimes that bell just rings for you.
Hendricks is slotting into the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation, so he has plenty of time to recover, and hopefully this is the last silly spring training injury/illness story before the Cubs and the Cardinals get real games underway this Sunday night.