Yu Darvish's Season On Brink After More Discomfort

Darvish exited his rehab start after pitching just one inning Sunday.

Bruce Levine
August 19, 2018 - 3:29 pm
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (670 The Score) -- The Yu Darvish watch continued Sunday with potentially devastating results. 

Recovering from pain in his throwing elbow and sidelined since May 20, Darvish exited his rehab outing at Class-A South Bend on Sunday afternoon after just one inning of work becuase of some discomfort in his arm. Darvish threw six warmup pitches before the second inning before summoning the training staff and leaving the game.

Darvish suggested the decision was an example of being cautious, but the concern that he has suffered a setback is real.

"The first inning was great," Darvish said. "The fastball, I felt I needed more time to get the command. During the warmup in the second inning, I felt something in there. The last time I felt something in there and continued to throw. This time I stopped after the last warmup."

Darvish is heading back to Chicago for an exam.

"I can't tell for sure what will happen," he said. "It depends on how I feel tomorrow. I requested an MRI."

Darvish made a rehab start at South Bend in late June, throwing 57 pitches and looking sharp before suffering a setback in the form of more elbow pain that started his recovery process over. This time, he only threw 19 pitches in the first inning.

" My last pitch in the first inning was 95 mph and I did not feel any abnormalities," Darvish said. "Certainly, now I feel more disappointed than anyone else in the world."

Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts for the Cubs after signing a six-year, $126-million deal in February.

He received a cortisone shot in the injured arm back in late June. It's unclear what the plan is this time.

The rough plan had been for Darvish to start next Friday and again on Aug. 29 at South Bend before rejoining the Cubs in early September. That plan now looks to have been derailed.

"I really want to come back this year," Darvish said with some sorrow in his voice. "I am going to work hard and try to get back."

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