Hendricks ready for textbook-free offseason

Hendricks ready for textbook-free offseason

MILWAUKEE -- For the first time in what seems like forever, Kyle Hendricks won't have to open a textbook this offseason. The Cubs pitcher, who completed his finance degree last year at Dartmouth, found out Saturday he would not start in the season finale. Now he can focus on next year.

"There's really no reason to go out there for five more innings in the last game," Hendricks said of Sunday's game No. 162 against the Brewers. "I wouldn't say it was a surprise. I was still throwing, getting ready, but I wouldn't say I was surprised when it happened."

The rookie finished 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts with the Cubs, and he didn't get too much feedback in his exit interview with manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Chris Bosio.

"They said, 'You did a great job this year, and more than we expected,'" Hendricks said. "They said, 'Work hard in the offseason, you know what you need to work on and come to Spring Training ready to go.'"

This offseason will feature golf, visits with his family and friends and baseball. No books.

"It's the first one I'll be able to relax, play golf and take it all in," Hendricks said.

Won't he miss studying?

"I do enough studying here with baseball," Hendricks said. "I'm not going to miss it."

• Hendricks, Dallas Beeler, Eric Jokisch and Tsuyoshi Wada combined for 14 quality starts, the most by a Cubs rookie class since Randy Wells totaled 18 in 2009. On Friday, Jokisch became the 13th starting pitcher utilized by the Cubs this season, the most since 2006 when 15 starters took the hill for Chicago.

• The Rockies claimed left-hander Chris Rusin off waivers from the Cubs. In 24 big league games (20 starts) over three seasons, Rusin has gone 4-9 with a 4.97 ERA. A fourth-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Rusin went 8-13 with a 4.31 ERA in 23 starts for Triple-A Iowa this year, including a no-hitter in May against New Orleans. He has a 38-41 record and a 3.84 ERA in six Minor League seasons.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.