Yu Darvish diagnosed with right elbow impingement

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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.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.