Cubs' Joe Maddon Maintains Great Faith In Struggling Yu Darvish

"Yu is one of the best arms I've ever been on the field with," Maddon says.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
May 15, 2018 - 1:26 pm
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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(670 The Score) Amid struggles and a recent illness for right-hander Yu Darvish, the Cubs took advantage of the 10-day disabled list by placing him on it and having him miss just one start, allowing for added roster flexibility while he received a chance to clear his head after a rough beginning in Chicago.

Darvish is set to return to the mound at Atlanta on Tuesday evening, and manager joe Maddon is eager to see how he performs. Darvish is looking to bounce back from an 0-3 mark and 6.00 ERA through his first six starts.

Darvish is fully healthy and ready to go, Maddon said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday afternoon.

"Ten-day DLs permit this to happen," Maddon said. "It has nothing to do with a person's character or makeup. It helps the team stay strong while somebody's getting well. That's it. It's not like he's out of shape physically or arm strength-wise.

"He pitches well, he's going to get his 100, 110 pitches, if that's what it takes. Looking forward to him really starting to nail this down."

Darvish signed a six-year deal worth $126 million in February. That has brought scrutiny for Darvish, an accomplished starter with the Rangers and Dodgers previously who has lasted six innings just twice in his first six starts. 

The Cubs moved Darvish's start to the road Tuesday despite his eligibility to return at Wrigley Field on Monday. Pitching away from the scrutiny in Chicago could've been a strategic move by the Cubs, who are 21-17 on the season.

"The good part about all this is a lot of our starters have not been as consistent as they're capable, and we're still in pretty good shape, because I know they're going to become consistent," Maddon said. "Yu is one of the best arms I've ever been on the field with. Let's just keep moving it forward. I have a lot of faith in this guy. He's going to start nailing it down. 

"When you're on the field, when you're scouting, when you've been doing this for several years, you know talent when you see it, and this guy is among the best arms that I've seen. Just give him a little time to get his feet on the ground, get everything roll in the right direction. I'm eager to watch him play tonight. Of course he has not pitched to his capabilities but he will."