Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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Cubs' Darvish Undergoes Elbow Cleanup

Yu Darvish is expected to be ready for the 2019 season.

September 12, 2018 - 4:39 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish underwent an arthroscopic debridement on his right elbow Wednesday, the team announced before its game with the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

The procedure on Darvish's throwing arm was done as part of a second opinion conducted by Dr. James Andrews, who recommended the cleanup of his elbow as part of his recovery process. The Cubs expect that Darvish will be ready for spring training in 2019.

Signed to a six-year, $126-million deal, Darvish started just eight games, going 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA during his first season with the Cubs. He was placed on the disabled list in late May and after two failed attempts to return was shut down for the season.

The Cubs have bridged the gap without Darvish with the acquisition of left-hander Cole Hamels from the Rangers in a July trade. Hamels has gone 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA with the Cubs. Left-hander Mike Montgomery has also filled in for Darvish, going 4-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 34 appearances, including 15 starts.

The Cubs host the Brewers on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. CT in the rubber match of a three-game set with their division rivals. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs.