Since his scratch this past weekend with forearm tightness he’s apparently been managing for a month now, I’ll totally cop to being panicked that Yu Darvish would not actually make his start on Saturday in Milwaukee.
And, while *I* still am not at 100% good to go, the Cubs say Darvish is so long as he feels fine tomorrow:
Yu Darvish completed a 29-pitch bullpen with no issues. Cubs PC Tommy Hottovy says Darvish is good to go for Saturday’s start in Milwaukee. pic.twitter.com/ukCfYfV88S
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 5, 2019
The keys there are that Darvish threw a normal bullpen today. Normal for what he would do two days before a start. Threw the pitches he wanted. Looked like he should. So on and so forth. That’s really all you’re going to get here: Darvish threw a normal bullpen today.
Here’s hoping he feels fine tomorrow, as I do believe it was the day before his last start when the tightness was feeling like, yeah, probably not gonna be in a place to start tomorrow. As much as I might have lauded Tyler Chatwood earlier today, I’d rather the Cubs not have to use him to fill in for Darvish again on Saturday. (Or Adbert Alzolay, who was called up this week, too.)
All of this is against the backdrop, by the way, of the Cubs monitoring Darvish’s innings jump from last year to this year.