Chicago Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer offered thoughts on a range of topics facing his team as they go for the series split today against the Dodgers …
- With respect to Yu Darvish’s recovery from his triceps inflammation and his, at times, concerning comments about the same, Hoyer concedes that it’s delicate trying to parse exactly what is being said and what is going on (Cubs.com): “It’s challenging sometimes. I do feel the words sometimes that he may use, there is some nuance or some things lost in translation a little bit. I thought he looked really good on Monday night and pitched really well. He felt a little something but the question is whether it’s natural coming back from a rehab assignment and this is normal soreness you go through or something worse than that. That’s the essence of what we’re trying to figure out, whether this is part of the process of coming back.”
- Everyone will see how Darvish throws in the bullpen today (UPDATE as I’m writing this up: the bullpen did not go well, and Darvish will have to be re-evaluated), and then try to best figure out how he’s feeling as far as a start this weekend goes. Some tightness/soreness/whatever is normal in a muscle as you’re building it back up. The fine line is whether we’re talking about pain, which can throw off performance and long-term health.
#Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: "More than anything, we want him to come back as Yu Darvish. We don’t want him to come back and be a lesser version of that and feel like he has to pitch around anything. We want him to have all his weapons and be able to attack hitters the way he can."
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) June 28, 2018
- So, again, per the UPDATE, which came after Hoyer’s comments, Darvish *is* feeling pain in the triceps, and I expect now that he’ll still be out for a while.
- Speaking of performance and long-term health, Hoyer responded to Kris Bryant’s revelation that he actually first felt his shoulder injury a month ago (ESPN): “It’s the kind of shoulder injury you can manage and deal with until you can’t …. Certainly it was nagging him.” To that end, Hoyer says we can’t know whether it was sapping Bryant’s power or not, but it’s possible.
- Speaking with Mully and Hanley on 670 The Score, Hoyer reiterated the idea that although the Cubs could look to add at the Trade Deadline, most of what they need is already in-house: “I think we still feel as though this team is really capable and has a chance to be really good, and we feel like the answers are internal. But we’ll obviously try to stay nimble and if something happens on our team or there’s some reason we feel like we need to upgrade a certain position or add to a certain position, I feel like we have the ability to do that. But this year feels different from some in that I really do feel like this team as constructed is capable of doing a lot of really good things.”
- From where I sit, I just think the Cubs’ potential needs at the deadline are still too difficult to see to comment intelligently. On paper, and given injury timeline returns, there simply may not be a logical move to be made. Or, thanks to additional injury and/or underperformance over the next month, there may be an obvious move to be made.