Cubs' Hottovy: Darvish Should Be 'Ready To Roll'

Yu Darvish was scratched from his start Sunday because of right forearm tightness.

Mully & Haugh Show
September 04, 2019 - 12:10 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start this past Sunday with right forearm tightness, which created some concern outside of Wrigley Field.

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Internally, the Cubs have been calm and measured in the process of getting Darvish back to full health and past the elbow and forearm issues of 2018. With that in mind, team pitching coach Tommy Hottovy sees Darvish trending the right way.

"It's been something that he's been able to manage, I'd say, for probably the last month, a good five or six starts," Hottovy said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning. "Some days feel better than others. And you know how athletes are -- they go through different things throughout the course of the year. You do all the work and all the things you can do in the training room, with the training staff and we can monitor everything we do to give you the best chance to go out and pitch every single day.

"Eventually, there's got to be a time where either you get over the hump and it feels better or it just continues to be there and you have to give it a little bit of a blow. He's a guy that's thrown 152 innings for us too, coming off 40 from last year. So, the workload is high.

"It just got to a point where we felt we were climbing a hill and we weren't going to get to the top. We felt it was the right thing to do."

Darvish made just eight starts in 2018, the first season of his six-year, $126-million deal with the Cubs. He was shut down in late May with right triceps tendonitis and eventually required elbow surgery in the offseason.

Darvish, 33, has come back stronger this season. He's 5-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 27 starts and has posted a 2.93 ERA in his nine starts since the All-Star break. He's slated to return when the Cubs play the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Saturday. 

"Everything he's done the last few days has given me every indication that he's going to be ready to roll on Saturday," Hottovy said. "But we still have to take this day to day and see how his recovery is and just be smart about where he is moving forward and communicating, not just with him but with the training staff and everybody involved, to make sure we're doing what's right to have him down the stretch here."