Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish, making a rehab outing at Class A South Bend while recovering from tricep and elbow injuries Sunday, made it through only one inning before exiting the game.
Darvish, 32, allowed a single and walk in his scoreless 19-pitch inning of work, and touched 95 miles per hour on his final pitch. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, he was scheduled to throw as many as 60 pitches and no more than three innings in his start.
95 MPH on Yu Darvish‘s first strikeout since coming back.
Clean first inning, stranding two runners in scoring position. pic.twitter.com/kMxL97KmJg
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) August 19, 2018
But when he came out to throw warmup pitches for the second inning, Darvish began to feel discomfort in his arm.
He said after the appearance that he felt similar pain as the first time he was injured, and opted to come out of the game, as opposed to trying to pitch through it as he did initially. He has requested an MRI.
DARVISH: Here’s the video of Yu Darvish’s post start media session at Four Winds Field. pic.twitter.com/xxY1c3cmCA
— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) August 19, 2018
Darvish added that he still wants to return to the major league club this season. After he threw 55 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, it looked like that might be doable, but with this new development, his future remains uncertain.
In February, the righty signed a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, but he has made just eight starts so far this year, going 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA.
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