Teams have broken camp and the regular season begins a little over 48 hours from now. Some exhibition games remain, however, and they’re being played in big league parks. A big reason for that is that big league park operators — the sounds guys, the TV guys, the ushers, the grounds crew and everyone else — need a couple of run-throughs before it all counts too.
The bullpen cart drivers need a run-through as well. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Diamondbacks have brought back that weird tradition of decades past, and last night at Chase Field we got to see it in action for the first time. Brace yourselves for the excitement:
Given the less-than-direct route and the fact that the guy still has to walk in from the track, I don’t feel like it saves all that much time over a jogging reliever. Then again, a jogging reliever isn’t brought to you by a parcel delivery company, the official parcel delivery company of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and isn’t that what really matters?
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.