Cubs' Yu Darvish Scratched With Forearm Tightness

"This is a precautionary thing," manager Joe Maddon says.

Bruce Levine
September 01, 2019 - 1:19 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) --  Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start against the Brewers at Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon because of right forearm tightness.

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Darvish had recently told the coaching staff and medical staff that his recovery from his start in New York on Tuesday hadn't been normal and that the tightness was bothering him. 

"This is a precautionary thing," manager Joe Maddon said. "He has thrown a lot of innings this year compared to last year. We didn't want him to just push through it."

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood will start in Darvish's place Sunday. Darvish is expected to only miss one start.

The plan is to further evaluate him in the next few days.

"There have been some starts where it was bugging him," pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said. "Some days he had trouble doing the flexing stuff and other days where he throws six innings, he is great. When you have that forearm stiffness the day before you start, it is a little scarier for us. We will make sure it gets taken care of and have him set the rest of the way."

Darvish is 5-6 with a 4.25 ERA this season. He has been the Cubs' most consistent pitcher lately, and he threw eight strong innings of one-run ball in earning the win against the Mets on Tuesday.

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