Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish has been diagnosed with a right elbow impingement and inflammation, the club revealed Friday. He received a cortisone shot in his throwing arm and will be shut down from throwing for another 3-5 days, at which point the Cubs will likely evaluate him again before placing him back in the rotation.
This is just the latest development in what has been a disappointing season for the 31-year-old righty. Darvish was brought aboard Chicago’s roster on a six-year, $126 million deal in mid-February, but lasted just seven weeks into the 2018 season before getting shelved with right triceps tendinitis. During that span, he eked out a 1-3 record in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through his first 40 innings.
Darvish was working through a bullpen session on Thursday when he felt pain in his right arm, prompting the team to take another look before sending him out for a scheduled start on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Matthew Martell, fellow right-hander Tyler Chatwood will take the ball for the Cubs when they go head-to-head against Twins southpaw Adalberto Mejia this weekend. Chatwood is slated to make his first start in 10 days; he’s working with a 3.95 ERA, 8.3 BB/9 (thanks to a league-leading 63 walks), and 8.4 SO/9 across 68 1/3 innings this year.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.