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Kyle Hendricks didn’t pitch Tuesday due to illness, but the rotation’s set for Opening Day

The Cubs righthander has strep throat.

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — I had intended to head to Mesa Tuesday afternoon. The Cubs big-league squad has the day off, but Kyle Hendricks was scheduled to throw in a minor-league game against Angels farmhands.

That is, until this happened:

This shouldn’t be serious:

And that leads me into this: The shuffling of a couple of starters over the weekend with the split-squad games lines everyone up perfectly for Opening Day.

The remaining starters for Cactus League games should be as follows:

Wednesday: Yu Darvish vs. Rangers at Surprise
Thursday: Jose Quintana vs. Giants at Scottsdale
Friday: Tyler Chatwood vs. Brewers at Sloan Park
Saturday: Jon Lester vs. Rockies at Sloan Park
Sunday: Hendricks vs. Royals at Surprise (presuming he’s healthy)

There’s also a split-squad game Saturday, against the Mariners at Peoria. I’d guess Mike Montgomery or Eddie Butler will get the start in that one.

Then, the Cubs head to Florida for two games against the Red Sox.

Monday: Darvish
Tuesday: Quintana

That would leave Chatwood to put some innings in on the side on the Cubs off day a week from tomorrow, and Lester on schedule to start Opening Day in Miami a week from Thursday.

This Cubs rotation has the chance to be the best in many years, even better than the 2016 rotation, which set all kinds of records.

We are just nine days from Opening Day!