Cubs' Yu Darvish Exits Early With Blister

Darvish left after 4 2/3 innings of work against a Mariners minor league team.

Bruce Levine
March 19, 2019 - 5:36 pm
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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(670 The Score) Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish left with a blister on his right ring finger after 4 2/3 innings in a start against a Mariners minor league team Tuesday afternoon.

Darvish didn't feel the blister until his last pitch and doesn't believe he'll miss any time as the regular-season opener looms on March 28.

"It was a slider," Darvish said. "I threw the slider, and the skin came off.

"After I threw the pitch it hurt, but not after that. I will be good for my next outing."

Cubs trainers had already formulated a treatment plan for Darvish, who plans to play catch Wednesday and then throw a bullpen Thursday.

"We will use lasers and cream to treat it," he said. "After that, we will put a bandage on it. I had this in 2013 (with the Rangers), the first game of the season. I almost had a perfect game but came out with a blister in the seventh inning. That game I had exactly the same thing. I threw a lot of cutters at the time. I never had this with a slider before."

Darvish had allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out six before exiting. He has been sharp this spring, with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. 

Darvish made only eight starts in an injury-plagued 2018, when he had a 4.95 ERA and didn't appear in the big leagues after May 20. He had what the team called triceps issues at that time and later had an arthroscopic debridement procedure in his throwing elbow in September.

The Cubs have yet to officially set their rotation other than to name left-hander Jon Lester the Opening Day starter, but Darvish has followed Lester in work all spring. So the expectation is he'll get the ball in the season-opening series at Texas, his former club.

"We will tell you, I promise you," manager Joe Maddon said of the rotation. "I hate to be a nuisance, but we are not ready to say yet."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.