Hendriks threw one inning in his start on Friday, working around a hit and a walk to work a scoreless opening frame in an eventual 7-6 extra inning victory for the Athletics. It was the seventh time in September that Oakland opted to let Hendriks start off a bullpen day and he did his job in this one despite allowing two baserunners and needing 28 pitches to make it through the opening frame. His overall numbers on the season aren't impressive (5.03 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) but he hasn't allowed a run in any of those seven starting appearances, so he's doing well with that role. There just isn't much fantasy value to be found in it.
Hendriks will serve as Oakland's opener Friday against Minnesota, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. This will mark the right-hander's seventh "start" this month, as the Athletics are prepared to move forward with another bullpen day during the series opener. Aside from his first time being utilized as an opener against Seattle on Sept. 1, Hendriks has only pitched one inning during each of his last five starts.
Hendriks is expected to be used as the Athletics' opener Tuesday against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hendriks has already been used as an opener five times this season. The position, unfortunately, reduces his chances of earning a win from unlikely to impossible and guarantees he'll face the toughest part of the opposition's batting order.
Hendriks allowed one hit and struck out one across a scoreless inning Saturday against the Rays. Hendriks served as the opener Saturday for the fifth time this month. Over those five appearances, the right-hander owns a 3.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 5.2 innings.
Hendriks will serve as Saturday's opener against the Rays, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Hendriks tossed a scoreless frame while allowing a hit Wednesday as Oakland's opener, and now he'll take on starting duties yet again. He'll be expected to throw 1-2 innings before handing the ball to a long reliever. The 29-year-old has accrued a 5.94 ERA and 1.74 WHIP with 16 strikeouts over 16.2 innings this season.