Cubs' Jim Hickey Expects Yu Darvish Back By All-Star Break

Dealing with a triceps injury, Darvish was sharp in throwing off a mound Tuesday.

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June 13, 2018 - 11:28 am
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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(670 The Score) The Cubs haven't revealed a timetable for the return of right-hander Yu Darvish, who continutes to work back from from a right triceps strain.

Pitching coach Jim Hickey has an idea, though.

"I would also hope he's back before the All-Star break," Hickey said. "As a matter of fact, I'd be a little bit surprised if he wasn't back by the break."

The All-Star Game will be held July 17. Darvish has been on the disabled list since the last week of May. He has struggled in going 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA this season after signing a six-year, $126-million deal in February.

Hickey was pleased by Darvish's bullpen Tuesday, the first time he had thrown off a mound since his most recent injury. Darvish will make a rehab start or two in the minor leagues, team officials have previously said.

"I'm looking for arm strength, the ball coming out of his hand," Hickey said. "And the ball came out of his hand extremely well, very clean, very effort-less, good velocity. So I think he's probably over the hump in terms of his arm bothering him. He threw all of his pitches. He threw 28 pitches overall, and the velocity was really good. The ball came out of his hand really clean, and that's what I look for right there."