Cubs Yu Darvish 'Getting The Confidence' Back

Darvish is progressing well after undergoing elbow surgery last September.

Eli Hershkovich
January 18, 2019 - 6:48 pm

(670 The Score) Following right elbow surgery last September, right-hander Yu Darvish appeared at the annual Cubs Convention on Friday evening with an abundance of confidence.

Darvish has steadily been making progress, including with a series of light throws on flat ground in mid-December. Just more a month later, Darvish on Friday noted he’s now ready to thrown from 120 feet and plans to throw a bullpen session next week. 

The Cubs expect Darvish to be ready for the start of spring training, and he believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

"Finally, I’m getting the confidence, and I’m so happy about it," he said.

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After signing to a six-year, $126-million deal with the Cubs last February, Darvish had a nightmarish season that was plagued by injuries. He had a career-worst marks with a 4.95 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in just eight starts that totaled 40 innings of work.

Elbow and triceps kept Darvish from pitching on a big league mound from late May through the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, Darvish stated his excitement for starting fresh with first-year pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, who he’s built a relationship with since joining the organization.

"He’s a great guy," Darvish said. "He always give me the confidence -- a positive board (to bounce off of.)"

Cubs manager Joe Maddon displayed similar excitement for Darvish’s return at his annual Thanksmas dinner Thursday, considering him a "game-changer" for 2019.

"We know how good he is," Maddon said. "Being a part of the five starters could make a huge difference for us. That would permit us to rearrange the bullpen in other ways. I am hearing nothing but good things about Yu."

While the hoopla ensues at Cubs Convention over the weekend, Darvish is focusing on resurrecting his once-dominant self.

"Just stay healthy," he said.

Eli Hershkovich is a producer for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @EliHershkovich.