Cubs' Darvish Undergoes Surgery, Morrow On Mend

Yu Darvish is expected to be ready for spring training 2019.

Bruce Levine
September 12, 2018 - 8:32 pm
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, left, and closer Brandon Morrow celebrate.

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Right-hander Yu Darvish had arthroscopic surgery to repair a debridement in the right elbow area, the Cubs announced Wednesday.

Darvish missed the remainder of the season after winning his only game on May 20. He tried twice to come back from the injury with rehab starts in June and August. Both times, Darvish complained of pain in the elbow area. He was shut down for the season after his last attempt to come back in August.

The 32-year-old Darvish made eight starts in the regular season. He had a 1-3 record with a 4.95 ERA. Dr. Scott Meister performed the surgery in Dallas, Texas. The surgery isn't considered a major repair but rather a cleanup of debris in the elbow.

Darvish signed a six-year, $126million contract with Chicago in February. Darvish is expected to be ready for spring training 2019.

Morrow on the way back

Closer Brandon Morrow threw 35 pitches Wednsday in his second side session of the past week. Morrow has been sidelined with a right biceps injury since mid-July. 

Morrow felt some discomfort but no pain in the elbow while throwing his bullpen session, he said. His plan is to schedule a simulated game in a few days and proceed back to the team before the end of the month.

Morrow posted a 1.47 ERA and converted 22 of 24 save opportunities before getting injured.

"I felt good out there and really let some pitches go a the end," Morrow said. "I know I was 90-plus on a few of them."

Morrow isn't sure how he will be used or exactly when he will be bullpen ready. The Cubs have said they won't utilize him as a closer initially upon his potential return.

Schwarber staying back from Washington

Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber has been sidelined since Saturday with back tightness. The team's trainers have been treating him with various applications. He's expected to miss at least a few more games. 

Schwarber won't travel to Washington D.C. for the Cubs' makeup game with the Nationals on Thursday, manager Joe Maddon said.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.