It’s rare that I’d find it newsworthy to note a lack of an update, and I also mean it sincerely when I say you cannot draw any firm conclusions (or even soft conclusions) from a lack of an update.
But you can note that, as of this moment, we don’t have a direct update from Yu Darvish, himself, about his forearm.
Darvish declines to talk to reporters about his forearm issue. #Cubs
— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) September 2, 2019
Yu Darvish declined to talk to reporters about his forearm. As of now, he’s tentatively in line to start again Saturday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 2, 2019
Darvish was scratched yesterday by the Cubs, who cited forearm tightness that had persisted for about a month, though it had not been bad enough to keep him from starting (very well, I might add). I could insert five quotes here from the Cubs about their confidence that it was just a one-start thing and he would make his next start in Milwaukee this weekend, but I’ll save you the trouble: “confidence” was the extremely uniform message coming from the Cubs about the situation.
But we haven’t heard it from Darvish himself, and we know that he has dealt with forearm issues in the past, including around his Tommy John surgery (and, just generally speaking, forearm stuff makes you nervous because of it’s physical connection to the elbow).
Of note, Darvish did not receive an MRI (as of yesterday anyway), which means this is not an obvious case of the Cubs hiding a serious injury. In September, because of expanded rosters, you don’t have to use the Injured List. For that reason, teams can be waaaaay more cagey about injury details (and there’s an incentive to flat-out lie), since you want opponents having to prepare for everyone. But again, without word of an MRI, it’s hard to believe the Cubs even fear this is a serious injury.
I guess we just stayed tuned at this point. No update. Good luck staying chill.