Chatwood (back) goes on IL

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF RE­PORTER rdorsey@sun­times.com | @Russ_Dorsey1

The Cubs put right-han­der Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day in­jured list, retroac­tive to Thurs­day, with a mid-back strain. He missed his sched­uled start Fri­day af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tight­ness in his back hours be­fore the game.

Chatwood’s sta­tus seemed to im­prove Satur­day, when he played catch and looked to be in line to start one of the two games Mon­day against the Car­di­nals. But the back tight­ened again Sun­day, forc­ing the Cubs to put him on the IL.

Chatwood is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts this sea­son.

In a cor­re­spond­ing move, the Cubs re­called right-han­der Ja­son Adam from their al­ter­nate train­ing site in South Bend, In­di­ana. They des­ig­nated righthande­r Jharel Cot­ton for as­sign­ment to make room for Adam on their 40-man ros­ter.

‘‘As a staff, any­time some­body goes down here, you try to pick them up,’’ said left-han­der Jon Lester, who al­lowed five runs in six in­nings in the Cubs’ 6-5 loss Sun­day. ‘‘We’ve got a long week ahead of us with some dou­ble­head­ers, so I knew com­ing in I was try­ing to get a lit­tle bit deeper in the game than that.’’

The Cubs will have their start­ing-pitch­ing depth tested with two dou­ble­head­ers this week against the Car­di­nals and two starters — Chatwood and left­hander Jose Quin­tana — now on the IL.

Right-han­der Kyle Hen­dricks will start the opener of the dou­ble­header Mon­day. The starter for the night­cap is to be de­ter­mined.

Kim­brel trend­ing up­ward?

Right-han­der Craig Kim­brel has taken some heat amid his early strug­gles, but it looks as though he might be re­turn­ing to form. Kim­brel threw his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive score­less in­ning with a 1-2-3 eighth against the Brew­ers.

It was his first 1-2-3 in­ning of the sea­son.

Kim­brel struck out two, one each with his fast­ball and his curve. He fanned Avi­sail Gar­cia on a 96 mph fast­ball up in the zone and Justin Smoak by drop­ping back-to-back curves on the outer third of the plate.

‘‘He looks good, looks clean, looks repet­i­tive,’’ Lester said. ‘‘This game is all about con­fi­dence, and I feel like when hit­ters strug­gle, they’re al­ways 0-2. When pitch­ers are strug­gling, you’re al­ways 2-0.

‘‘Maybe not pitch­ing in high­lever­age sit­u­a­tions kind of lets that guard down just a lit­tle bit to where he can go out there, work on the things that he’s work­ing on and get bet­ter. The last cou­ple of times he’s gone out, you see the old Craig right there.’’

Back tight­ness idles Hey­ward

Right fielder Ja­son Hey­ward was scratched from the lineup with mid-back tight­ness. He is hit­ting .350 with a home run, six RBI, four walks and a 1.040 OPS in the last week.

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The Cubs’ Ian Happ dives but is un­able to come up with a triple by the Brew­ers’ Or­lando Ar­cia in the sev­enth in­ning Sun­day.

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