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Yu Darvish Felt Pain in His Bullpen Session, But Then Adjusted His Mechanics and Felt Good … So …

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It wouldn’t be a Yu Darvish health update without some terror and confusion, right?

Darvish threw 23 pitches in the bullpen yesterday, and the general sense after the fact was that it went well and kept him on schedule for another bullpen session in a few days, and then a simulated game, rehab start, etc. I’m still not thinking any time before September, but it seemed like it was another good checkpoint. Mostly, I’m gonna stay in that headspace today.

Still, there are quotes like this:

O … K … here’s another quote from NBC Sports Chicago, keeping in mind that this comes via a translator: “The first 10 pitches, I had some discomfort. And then I looked into altering my mechanics, and the pain went away …. The pain was pretty severe, but altering the take-back action of the (arm motion) really took the pain away.”

Darvish went on to say that he played catch after the session (actions louder than words and all that, I guess), and it was all a positive.

Hopefully we’ve all learned by now that there’s some kind of difference in language/descriptions when it comes to the “pain” stuff. So, I’m not going to freak about the “severe” line in there, since that could mean different things to different people, again, especially when it’s translated.

Instead, I’ll focus on the fact that Darvish felt discomfort, made an adjustment mechanically, the discomfort went away, and he saw that he could pitch through it. You don’t want a guy pitching through an injury if he can make it worse, but it’s not entirely unusual for a pitcher to have to adjust to work through some discomfort.

Since there is not necessarily a serious structural issue in the elbow that is going to blow up if Darvish goes all out, some of this rehab process may literally be about him understanding what he can and cannot do physically right now (even when he feels discomfort).

Against that backdrop, I can see how it would be a good day for Darvish even if he felt “pain.”

… but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t prefer one of these updates to just talk about how he was feeling incredible, pumping 97 mph, and he’ll be back in a week. Someday.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.