Edwards (forearm) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday if the Cubs advance, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Edwards was left off the roster for Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Rockies due to forearm discomfort, but the reliever doesn't expect the issue to keep him from pitching the rest of the playoffs should the Cubs advance. The 27-year-old has been one of Chicago's best relievers this season, posting a 2.60 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 67:32 K:BB through 52 innings.
Edwards is not on the Cubs' roster for the NL Wild Card Game while dealing with forearm discomfort, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports. Edwards first experienced the issue while pitching Sunday against the Cardinals. His absence leaves the Cubs thin on high-leverage relievers with Brandon Morrow out for the year with a bone bruise, though Pedro Strop (hamstring) was able to make the squad.
Edwards allowed one run on one hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Nationals. After retiring the first two batters he faced in the seventh inning, Edwards walked Victor Robles and then gave up a double to Trea Turner to squander the lead. Pedro Strop suffered a hamstring injury later in the game and is expected to miss multiple weeks, leaving the ninth inning open in Chicago. While Edwards had posted a minuscule 0.75 ERA in his last 16 appearances entering play Thursday, he had more walks (11) than strikeouts (10) in that span and that wildness and volatility may prevent him from getting the first look in Strop's absence.
Edwards pitched a perfect eighth inning in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Pirates to record his 17th hold of the season. Edwards followed strong performances by Jon Lester and Steve Cishek with an effective inning of his own, as he got three Pittsburgh hitters to ground out on just 13 pitches. The 26-year-old righty now has a 2.50 ERA this season to go along with the 17 holds and 56 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.
Edwards (3-2) took the loss in Sunday's 10-6 decision to the Padres, allowing a single run in an inning of work. He gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one. Edwards started the eighth inning strongly by retiring the first two hitters. He then walked Travis Jankowski, who proceeded to steal second and come around to score on a Cory Spangenberg double. Edwards still has a solid 2.80 ERA this season with 53 strikeouts in 35.1 innings of work.