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Jeremy Hellickson will make his Nationals debut on Monday


MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that Jeremy Hellickson will make his Nationals debut on Monday when the club opens up a three-game series against the Mets in New York. Hellickson will oppose Jacob deGrom.

Hellickson is taking the rotation spot of the struggling A.J. Cole, who has given up 12 runs in nine innings across two starts to begin the season. There is a chance Cole could be sent down to Triple-A on Monday when the Nationals need to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for Hellickson.

The Nationals signed Hellickson to a minor league deal in mid-March, then re-signed him to a new minor league deal at the end of the month. Last season between the Phillies and Orioles, Hellickson put up a 5.43 ERA with a 96/47 K/BB ratio in 164 innings of work.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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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.