Mild Injury During the Yu Darvish Simulated Game? No, Not to Darvish – To Tommy La Stella (UPDATE)

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Mild Injury During the Yu Darvish Simulated Game? No, Not to Darvish – To Tommy La Stella (UPDATE)

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The game may be simulated, but the pain you feel from a foul ball is still quite real.

Here’s the thing about pitching in a simulated game to real batters: it requires real batters. And the ones you have in-house happen to be Chicago Cubs players. Now, it’s not any different than taking at bats in a real game – there is some risk – but you still don’t really expect to see this:

Tommy La Stella ultimately walked off the field under his own power, and the reports that came from the clubhouse thereafter is that he’s still expected to be able to play tonight (he’s slated to start).

As for Darvish – oh yeah, that part – he threw 30ish pitches over two innings, and walked off the field to fist bumps. Hopefully that means he felt just fine, and 30 pitches to live batters sounds about right after a 50ish pitch bullpen session last time out. It’s entirely possible he also threw some pitches before and/or after in the bullpen.

As Jim Hickey said earlier, Darvish may very well require another simulated game before he heads out on a rehab start, so I expect we’ll hear about the plan as soon as tomorrow.

UPDATE: The outing did indeed go well for Darvish:


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