The Chicago Cubs have been dealing with injuries to key players all season long. But there’s a case to be made that nobody has been unluckier than starting pitcher Yu Darvish.
After a solid if unspectacular 2017 — Darvish really did well for the Dodgers down the stretch — he’s made eight starts this season. For now, he holds a 4.95 ERA, 4.82 FIP and 4.52 DRA. We haven’t seen him throw a pitch in the majors since May 20. Yet, the Cubs are atop the NL Central by four games and are 20 games over .500.
However, Darvish might not be back anytime soon. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, he left his rehab start after just one inning.
“Darvish has left his rehab start in South Bend.”
But it gets a little more worrying than that.
“Darvish indicated he wants another MRI. Felt similar pain as his last rehab start. Stopped pitching as soon as he felt it.”
We have no idea what that’s going to do at this point. Though there’s no need to deny the man another MRI. Getting him healthy should be the priority regardless of how long it takes. After all, he’s under contract through 2023 — assuming he doesn’t opt out after next season, that is. With how poorly his 2018 has been there’s no reason to believe he’ll opt out when the time comes.
That means, Cubs fans — and take a deep breath — Darvish can still give you five more seasons after this one. Something tells us most of them will be better than this one. But that’s neither here nor there. What is important is his health. He’s just not healthy, and if you’re a fan who wants a PITCHER to pitch through elbow/arm pain, we can’t help you.
Just focus on the fact that the Cubs are winning. After all, they’re in first place. Isn’t that okay?