Darvish is competing with Kyle Hendricks to start Chicago's regular-season opener against the Brewers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Chicago manager David Ross is not ready to commit to an Opening Day starter this early in spring training. Darvish will be making his first Cactus League start Wednesday against the Padres after battling an illness early in camp. The 33-year-old posted a 3.98 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and accumulated 229 strikeouts across 178.2 innings (31 starts) for the Cubs in 2019.
Darvish (illness) will start Wednesday against the Padres, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Darvish has made just one appearance this spring, as his scheduled start Thursday against the Rangers was canceled due to the flu. He pitched in a simulated game the next day, however, and is set for Cactus League action Wednesday, so he should still be fine for the start of the regular season.
Darvish (illness) is expected to pitch three innings Friday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Rangers due to flu-like symptoms, though he's apparently already feeling better. It's not yet clear whether Darvish will pitch in a Cactus League game or throw a simulated game.
Darvish was scratched ahead of his scheduled start Thursday against the Rangers due to flu-like symptoms, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Cubs also scratched second baseman Jason Kipnis due to a case of the flu, so a bug may be passing around the clubhouse. Though Darvish will miss out on a spring start against one of his former teams, the illness isn't expected to keep him out of camp for more than a few days.
Darvish, who is slated to make his spring training debut Saturday, is a likely candidate to start Opening Day, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
After Darvish pitches in a Cactus League game Saturday, he'll line up well for the March 26 opener in Milwaukee. The Japanese righty struggled early in 2019 but finished the season with a flourish, and he could be ready to truly serve as the ace the Cubs thought they were getting when they doled out $126 million a few years ago, assuming he stays healthy.
Darvish said he feels healthier this spring compared to last year, when he was dealing with a triceps issue, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Darvish's 2019 stats support his claim that he wasn't fully healthy to begin the season, as he had an ERA above 5.00 in each of the first two months of the campaign. The Japanese righty looked a little bit better in June but really took off in July with a 2.93 ERA across 30.2 innings. Darvish finished the year with an overall 3.98 ERA and 229 strikeouts across 178.2 innings.
Darvish will not opt out of his contract and will remain with the Cubs in 2020, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 33-year-old posted a 0.81 WHIP with a 118:7 K:BB in 81.2 innings pitched over the second half of last season, but won't test free agency in the offseason. If Darvish can continue to limit the number of walks allowed, he could be a big difference maker again in the Cubs' 2020 rotation.
Darvish will not make another start this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs will shut down both Darvish and Kyle Hendricks with no chance left at making the playoffs. Darvish finished his sophomore season with the Cubs 6-8 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 229 strikeouts in 178.2 innings (31 starts). Alec Mills is starting in his place Friday against the Cardinals.
Darvish (6-8) allowed three runs on seven hits over 8.1 innings Sunday, striking out 12 and taking the loss against the Cardinals.
Darvish entered the ninth inning holding a 2-1 lead but quickly allowed two runs and was hit with a tough loss while the Cubs have almost vanished in the wild-card race. On the bright side, he owns an insane 124:7 K:BB over his last 14 starts. The 33-year-old will carry a 3.98 ERA into Saturday's rematch in St. Louis.
Darvish (6-7) allowed four runs over seven innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Reds. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out 13.
Darvish perhaps deserved a better fate on a night in which he had dominant stuff, but he allowed three runs in the first inning and then was outdueled by Cincinnati starter Sonny Gray, who combined with two relievers to hold the Cubs to two runs. Darvish has now struck out 27 batters across 13 innings in his last two starts. He'll look to keep mowing batters down in a pivotal matchup Sunday against the division-leading Cardinals.
Darvish (6-6) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out 14 across six scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Padres.
Darvish showed off electric stuff in six shutout frames, generating 23 called strikes and 19 swinging strikes to stymie the Padres bats. He allowed only one extra-base hit -- a triple to lead off the sixth inning -- accounting for one of only two runners he allowed to reach scoring position. Darvish has now allowed zero or one earned run in four of his last five starts, lowering his ERA below 4.00 for the first time this season. He's scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against Cincinnati.
Darvish tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out seven.
The Cubs announced before the game that Darvish would likely have a reduced workload after he was scratched from his previous start due to forearm tightness. Sure enough, the righty was pulled after throwing 72 pitches despite dominating the Brewers through five innings. While Darvish was unable to snag his sixth win of the year, it was good to see him look sharp in his return to the mound. He'll aim to go a bit deeper into the game his next time out Thursday against the Padres.
Darvish remains on track to start Saturday against the Brewers, but the Cubs may be conservative with his workload, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. "You never want to go out and push him to eight innings after skipping a start, not to say he couldn't do it," pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Thursday. "Just be smart about where he's at and the workload."
Darvish threw a 29-pitch bullpen session without any discomfort Thursday, clearing the way for his return after he was scratched last weekend with right forearm tightness. The Cubs are well aware that the innings are adding up for Darvish; he's already up more than 100 additional innings from 2018. "If there's an opportunity to get him out of there sooner in a situation, it would be great," Hottovy added. "To buy some extra innings down the stretch if we're going to need it."
The Cubs are listing Darvish (forearm) as their starting pitcher for Saturday's game in Milwaukee.
Darvish was a late scratch ahead of his previously scheduled home start versus the Brewers over the weekend after experiencing forearm tightness, but manager Joe Maddon indicated that the injury wasn't anything serious. Per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Maddon offered similar sentiments regarding Darvish's injury earlier this week, so the right-hander will be on track to re-enter the rotation when a fifth starter is required again Saturday. Before missing his last turn, Darvish had been the Cubs' most productive rotation member since the All-Star break, posting a 2.93 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 in nine outings.
Darvish was scratched from Sunday's start versus the Brewers with right forearm tightness, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Darvish is only expected to miss the one start as the team plans for him to take the mound next Saturday at Milwaukee. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com, the 33-year-old has been battling the issue over the last month. Tyler Chatwood will start Sunday in his place.
Darvish (5-6) pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn the win Tuesday against the Mets. He allowed five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
This is what the Cubs were hoping to get when they invested $126 million into Darvish before the 2018 season. The only blemish against the righty was a solo home run by Pete Alonso in the fourth inning, but he was otherwise excellent in a big game against a New York team that is chasing Chicago for a possible wild-card spot. Darvish did walk his first batter since July 23, though he generally exhibited great control once again and navigated his eight innings efficiently on 104 pitches (73 strikes). The 33-year-old will look to keep rolling in his next start, which is slated for Sunday in another pivotal game against the Brewers.
Darvish did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's 12-11 win over the Giants, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings.
After serving up a two-run home run to Evan Longoria in the first inning, Darvish found some of his own success at the plate with an RBI single in the second inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. He settled into a better groove until the fifth, when Mike Yastrzemski broke through with another two-run shot. Darvish then allowed back-to-back homers in the sixth to Stephen Vogt and Kevin Pillar before getting pulled. On the bright side, the 33-year-old did not issue any walks for the sixth straight game. Darvish now owns a 4.43 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 176:51 K:BB and will look to bounce back in New York against the Mets on Tuesday.
Darvish allowed four hits and no walks while striking out 10 across seven scoreless innings Thursday against the Phillies. He did not factor into the decision.
Darvish was masterful Thursday, racking up 17 swinging strikes on 92 total pitches to turn in his third double-digit strikeout effort of the season. He also kept the ball in the yard, not allowing a homer for the first time in four starts. Perhaps equally important, Darvish also showed strong control of the strike zone, turning in his fourth consecutive start without surrendering a free pass. After a disastrous start to the season, Darvish has recovered to post a 4.21 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 168 strikeouts across 139 innings for the season. He'll look to keep things going in his next start, currently scheduled for Wednesday against San Francisco.
Darvish (4-6) took the loss Friday as the Cubs fell 5-2 to the Reds, allowing four runs on four hits -- including three home runs -- over six innings while striking out nine.
All four of Cincy's hits off the right-hander went for extra bases, as Josh VanMeter's double joined a trio of long balls by Aristides Aquino, Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto. Darvish has now served up 26 homers this season -- one shy of his career-worst performance in that category -- in 24 starts, and he'll carry a 4.43 ERA and 158:51 K:BB through 132 innings into his next outing Thursday in Philadelphia.
Darvish (4-5) secured the win after allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight over five innings Sunday against Milwaukee.
Darvish certainly didn't show any signs of illness during his outing, surrendering just one run in the first on a Christian Yelich solo blast, though skipper Joe Madden stated after the game that Darvish was "pretty much gassed." The 32-year-old right-hander will be considered day-to-day heading into his next outing, which lines up for Friday in Cincinnati.
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