Cubs Injury Notes: Darvish Throws, Descalso Swings, Both Still Pro-ssible for Opening Series

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Cubs Injury Notes: Darvish Throws, Descalso Swings, Both Still Pro-ssible for Opening Series

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The Cubs have a variety of injuries they’re working through right now, mostly – KNOCK ON WOOD – minor injuries, and some positive updates on a couple of them.

  • Yu Darvish was able to play catch yesterday, which is a good sign that his blister won’t be a huge issue. But there’s still a bit more to go before he can make his next spring start, and then start in that first series against the Rangers:

  • Joe Maddon said Darvish says he’s “ready to rock and roll,” so certainly Darvish does not anticipate any change to his schedule ( Obviously you want Darvish to start the season on time, but you definitely don’t want to do anything stupid, and turn a three-day blister healing process into a two-week on-and-off problem. As Maddon puts it: “We just have to make sure that when he goes out and pitches that there’s no real chance to open it up again.”
  • Even if Darvish couldn’t go in that opening series in Arlington, you figure he’d just be pushed back later in the rotation (there are two off-days that first week). This is not likely to be a “missing time” situation.
  • Daniel Descalso was able to take some swings this week, and now we see if he can get some extra at bats in minor league games this final week of Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day:

  • If Descalso can’t go, the Cubs would likely decide between carrying an extra utility infielder in Cristhian Adames, or an extra outfielder in Mark Zagunis. Of those two, Zagunis has a few things going for him: the roster is already pretty full up on guys who can play in the infield, his righty bat might play especially well against the Rangers (they have a couple lefty starters near the front of the rotation), and he is already on the 40-man roster. If the Cubs opted for Adames, they’d have to add him to the 40-man roster, and then he doesn’t have minor league options left, so he would have to clear waivers to be sent to the minors. Zagunis could just be optioned.

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.