Cubs' Yu Darvish In 'Great Shape' Amid Elbow Rehab

Darvish will be a full-go for the start of spring training, Theo Epstein says.

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January 05, 2019 - 11:09 am
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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(670 The Score) Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish is in "really great shape" as he continues his rehab and recovery from an arthroscopic debridement procedure in his throwing elbow in September, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. 

"He's on a traditional buildup of his throwing program," Epstein said on Inside the Clubhouse on Saturday morning.

"He'll be full-go on a normal schedule in spring training."

Darvish, 32, had a nightmare debut season in Chicago after signing a six-year, $126-million deal with the Cubs last February. He went 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in just eight starts, landing on the disabled list twice. The second time came in late May, and just as Darvish seemed to be nearing a return in the second half of the season, his elbow problems continued to flare up and create discomfort. 

The Cubs decided in the latter half of August to shut him down for the season.

In other injury news, Cubs closer Brandon Morrow is also progressing as expected in his rehab and recovery after having arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow on Nov. 6, Epstein said. He won't be ready for the start of spring training, which all but ensures he won't be ready for the start of the regular season either.

"If you asked him, he'd probably say he's going to be ready for Opening Day," Epstein said. "But, probably, that's unrealistic. If we do the right thing and build him up slowly, he'll probably miss it by a few weeks. But we'll see.

"Both guys are doing well. Darvish is just a little bit farther along."

When healthy, Morrow was terrific for the Cubs, posting a 1.47 ERA and converting 22 of 24 save opportunities before being sidelined in mid-July by what the team long referred to as bone bruise in his biceps.