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Yu Darvish | Starting Pitcher | #11

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Yu Darvish underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right elbow Wednesday.
It's a minimally invasive surgery and the hope is that he will be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training next February. Darvish threw only 40 innings this season for the Cubs, all before May 21. The 32-year-old right-hander is still owed $101 million on a contract that will run through 2023. Sep 12 - 5:32 PM

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Yu Darvish (elbow, triceps) does not believe he'll require surgery and expects to be "fully healthy" for 2019.

Darvish's first year in Chicago couldn't have gone much worse as the right-hander won just one of eight starts while struggling to a 4.95 ERA. He was also rarely healthy, encountering endless setbacks in his recovery from elbow and triceps injuries. Despite the down year, Darvish is glad he signed with the Cubs and is hopeful he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season. The right-hander from Japan turned 32 last week.
Aug 23 - 7:17 PM

Yu Darvish is done for the season after an MRI showed a stress reaction on the tip of his right elbow and a strain in his right triceps.

Darvish was sent for the MRI after leaving his rehab start Sunday at Low-A South Bend after pitching just one inning. Signed to a six-year, $126 million free agent contract over the winter, the 32-year-old right-hander made only eight starts for Chicago this season, to the tune of a 4.95 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. He should be ready for the beginning of spring training next February and will look to hit the reset button on his Cubs tenure.
Aug 21 - 5:27 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will undergo an MRI after exiting Sunday's rehab start with Low-A South Bend following a setback.

Darvish tossed a scoreless first inning but then felt discomfort while warming up prior to the second inning. The right-hander said it's similar to the pain he felt in his rehab start nearly two months ago. Obviously, it's discouraging news for the Cubs and for Davish's fantasy owners. We'll know more after the MRI results are in.
Aug 19 - 3:16 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) was lifted from his rehab start with Low-A South Bend on Sunday after just one inning after appearing to injure himself on a warmup pitch.

Darvish had been slated to throw 50-60 pitches and/or three innings but was pulled following a 19-pitch scoreless first inning. Obviously, it would appear to be an ominous sign, but we will wait for the Cubs to offer an update on the veteran right-hander later Sunday.
Aug 19 - 2:29 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will make a minor league rehab start on Sunday.

The Cubs haven't said where he'll be rehabbing but obviously this is great news for Darvish, who has missed much of the season with nagging elbow and triceps injuries. The right-hander will likely need multiple rehab starts to build up his pitch count after missing so much time. Darvish has won just one game since joining the Cubs on a six-year, $126 million deal last offseason.
Aug 16 - 6:03 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) threw around 45 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday morning.

It was broken up into three innings. Cubs president Theo Epstein indicated that the next step could be a minor league rehab assignment, at least assuming Darvish feels good on Wednesday. Darvish has been out since late May with a right elbow impingement and will require multiple minor league rehab starts before being cleared to rejoin the Cubs' rotation.
Aug 14 - 11:52 AM

Yu Darvish (elbow) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Sunday.

The right-hander continues to make progress in his recovery from a right elbow impingement. He's still at least a couple of weeks away from a potential return to the Cubs however.
Aug 11 - 1:49 PM

Cubs transferred RHP Yu Darvish from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jorge De La Rosa. It's purely a procedural move, as Darvish has already missed more than 60 days of action. Darvish threw a simulated game Wednesday and is slated to throw another one this weekend.
Aug 10 - 11:04 AM

Yu Darvish (elbow) got through a 33-pitch simulated game with no issues Wednesday.

Assuming he recovers with no problems, Darvish will throw another simulated game in a few days and will extend his pitch count. The veteran right-hander obviously still has a ways to go as he works his way back from a right elbow impingement, but he's made nice progress recently.
Aug 8 - 6:49 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will throw a simulated game Wednesday.

Darvish has thrown a few bullpen sessions and played catch Monday. He'll face hitters in a couple days and a rehab assignment would presumably come shortly after that. Darvish has been on the shelf since late May with a right elbow impingement.
Aug 6 - 4:57 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) threw 55 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

The right-hander claims that he is now over his elbow and back issues and is getting closer to a return. The Cubs are still hopeful that he'll be able to rejoin the big league rotation before the end of August.
Aug 4 - 1:11 PM

Yu Darvish told reporters that he "felt good" after his bullpen session.

Darvish is now scheduled to throw two "innings" in a simulated game on Saturday. It's excellent news for the right-hander, who has been on the disabled list on May 27 as he deals with an elbow impingement he suffered while recovering from tendinitis in his triceps. It's still unknown when Darvish will rejoin the rotation, but there's a chance he could be making rehab starts again soon, giving him a chance to pitch for the Cubs before the end of August.
Aug 1 - 6:35 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

Darvish told reporters afterward that it was the first time he felt no discomfort in his elbow from his first warm-up throw to his final pitch off the mound. The right-hander should soon advance to simulated work and then eventually a minor league rehab assignment. It's possible he could rejoin the Cubs' rotation before the end of August.
Jul 31 - 6:21 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will throw another bullpen session this weekend in St. Louis.

It'll probably happen Friday. Darvish made it through a light 16-pitch mound workout Tuesday without issue and is now ready to step up the intensity a bit. There is still no timetable for his return to the Cubs' rotation. He's been out since May 20 with triceps and elbow issues.
Jul 25 - 12:56 PM

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