Cubs' Hendricks headed to 10-day DL

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The Chicago Cubs still have not been able to get things going this season, and will now be without starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks for a while.

Hendricks, who led MLB in ERA last season, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right hand tendinitis.

"Inflammation along the back of the tendon of his right middle finger on his hand," Cubs president Theo Epstein said, via ESPN.com. "We don't think it's serious or long-term."

The Cubs lost 4-1 at home to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

The defending World Series champions are now a game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the disappointing National League (NL) Central.

Hendricks is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA this season, which may seem average, but he has the best ERA out of Chicago's four main starters.

With Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey all struggling, and the team still searching for a consistent fifth option, Hendricks' health is very important.

"We felt that it's something you really don't want to press because it can become a little more chronic or bothersome," Cubs manager Joe Maddon stated. "If we let it rest right now it should go away."