Duensing picked up his second hold of the season in Friday's loss to the Yankees. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. Duensing came on for Kyle Hendricks with one out in the sixth, and he got the Cubs through the seventh with a lead that Hector Rondon blew in the ninth. Duensing had a 8.10 ERA at the end of April, but he's tossed 4.2 scoreless innings in May to get his ERA down to 4.76.
Duensing gave up three hits and three earned runs in an inning of work in Saturday's loss to the Pirates. In his second outing since being activated from the DL on Friday, the lefty was unable to hold a lead for Jake Arrieta. Duensing also allowed his first home run of the season, as Josh Harrison took him deep in the seventh inning.
The Cubs activated Duensing (back) off the 10-day disabled list Friday, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports. He will take the roster spot of Carl Edwards Jr., who was sent to the bereavement list. Duensing will resume his role as mop-up arm or lefty matchup specialist.
Duensing (back) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports. Duensing will be forced to miss the first 10 days of the season due to the lower-back spasms that have plagued him during camp. He's eligible to return as soon as April 12.
Duensing (back) will start the season on the disabled list, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Duensing dealt with a bout of back soreness earlier in spring training, and it appears that he's not up to speed enough to perform when the games actually count. This move will allow Matt Szczur and Tommy La Stella to both crack the Opening Day roster, although it's unclear how things will play out once Duensing is available to return to the bullpen.