There was a scenario by which rehabbing righty Yu Darvish was to start tomorrow for the Chicago Cubs, but that was scuttled by a bullpen session yesterday that featured the resumption (continuation?) of pain in Darvish’s triceps. He was shut down, and headed out of town to re-evaluate.
Turns out, he wasn’t headed right back to Chicago, though:
Cub pitcher Yu Darvish is in Dallas meeting with his orthopedic Doctor .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) June 29, 2018
#Cubs say Darvish has flown to Dallas for a second opinion with Dr. Keith Meister, with whom he has worked in past.
— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) June 29, 2018
Darvish getting an additional medical evaluation after his latest setback is no surprise, and maybe it’s good that it’ll be with someone that he’s familiar with so that they can better communicate about precisely what Darvish is feeling.
… or maybe it’s a bad sign that the new-ish pain he started feeling yesterday gave everyone involved additional, surgically-related concerns.
You are reminded that Darvish had Tommy John surgery a couple years ago after feeling pain in his triceps. That is not to say we’re there again – he did have an MRI when this started and it was clean – but there are reasons for longer-term concern beyond what you might normally see in this situation.
Hence the additional caution from Darvish and the Cubs. Hopefully we don’t soon learn that Darvish’s doctor found something that was earlier missed or finds something entirely new.