Ross: No Concerns About Darvish's Poor Outing

"He's a guy we're going to have to count on," manager David Ross says.

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July 21, 2020 - 12:42 pm

(670 The Score) In the wake of Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish getting roughed up by the White Sox in an exhibition loss Monday, manager David Ross expressed no worries about the pitcher who's slotted No. 2 in the team's rotation.

Darvish allowed five runs -- including a grand slam to White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez -- in the first inning, which was halted after he had recorded just two outs as the Cubs looked to monitor his pitch count in the exhibition. 

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"Yu Darvish had a rough first inning," Ross said during an interview with Joe Ostrowski on 670 The Score on Tuesday afternoon. "We don't really have scouting reports, where guys are going over each and every hitter ... He looked really good after that rough inning. And again, that's the kind of lineup that the White Sox bring too. They got a lot of sluggers and big hitters in there and they're really deep.

"The main thing with Yu is you just want to make sure he gets his pitches in and he's healthy. I don't have any concerns really with him. He's a guy we're going to have to count on. If we're going to do what we want to do, he's going to be a big part of that at the front end of our rotation. He's a guy that's going to pitch big innings. He's going to go deep into ballgames. These are just tune-ups where we get to face some live hitters. Again, no matter how long you've been doing it, there's a little bit of those nerves that come in and you're trying to find your release point, trying to get your body under control, control the heart rate. It happens to all of us."

Darvish posted a 3.98 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 31 starts in 2019, which included a terrific second half in which he had a 2.76 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in 13 starts.

The Cubs lost to the White Sox on back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday, but Ross believes his team will be ready when it hosts the Brewers in their season opener at Wrigley Field on Friday evening.

"We would never judge a spring training performance off the first two games," Ross said. "I know fans were itching to get it and see it on (TV), and it hasn't been the best showing so far. But it is what it is."