Hendrix was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. The right-hander posted a 9.64 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in 4.2 innings across his seven appearances since the All-Star break, and he'll now be removed from the active roster to make room for right-hander Mychal Givens. Hendrix will remain on the taxi squad and could be available if the Reds need an extra reliever.
Hendrix (4-1) picked up the win in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Cubs, giving up one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings. The 26-year-old rookie entered the game to begin the seventh inning and held Chicago in check before Cincinnati pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the frame. Hendrix has been far from effective this season, posting a 5.68 ERA and 27:14 K:BB through 25.1 innings, but the potent Reds' offense has given him some vulture value.
Hendrix (3-1) earned the win Sunday against the Rockies. He struck out the only batter he faced. Hendrix came into the game to record the final out of the fifth inning, striking out Dom Nunez while stranding runners at both second and third base. This should be a nice confidence-booster for the 26-year-old reliever, as he had allowed runs in four of his previous six appearances.
Hendrix (2-1) took the loss Tuesday against the Brewers, allowing an earned run on two walks and recording a strikeout over one inning. He also uncorked two wild pitches. Tasked with preserving a 1-1 tie when he entered in the fifth, Hendrix ultimately allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate by virtue of putting the first two men he faced on before allowing an RBI double play to Christian Yelich. The rookie right-hander has had his share of growing pains recently, as he's now pitched to a 6.43 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across the seven innings covering his last seven appearances.
Hendrix (chest) is listed among the Reds' available relievers for Monday's Cactus League finale against the Mariners, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Though Hendrix looks set to miss out on a spot in Cincinnati's Opening Day roster, he'll at least conclude big-league camp healthy after a sore intercostal muscle limited him to just two appearances so far this spring. Hendrix is expected to open the 2021 campaign at Triple-A Louisville.
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