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The Daily Darvish: Yu can call me Al

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If we’re not in silly season, we’re getting close.

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News item: Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has had a “capsular release/debridement procedure to his right 3rd finger MCP joint.”

This sounds pretty painful, but according to this, Santana could be back by the end of April or beginning of May:

That hasn’t stopped speculation that this somehow means the Twins are more likely to go after Yu Darvish. The Twins were interested in Darvish before this injury was announced; I doubt this makes them any more desperate to sign him than they already were, especially since this tweet and statement (it’s from the Twins’ director of communications) indicates that Santana might only miss four or five starts.

Ken Rosenthal today repeats the earlier report that Darvish is “believed to be weighing multiple $100 million-plus offers,” but offers no elaboration on that. Given what we know right now, it would appear that the Cubs likely have made one of those offers.

Apart from all that, here we sit, one week from the Cubs’ first pitcher/catcher workout, with the same players still unsigned. I remain hopeful that Darvish will be one of those pitchers working out as a Cub next Wednesday.

Gonna try my hand at parody lyrics:

A man walks down the street
He says why am I still unsigned now
Why am I still unsigned now
The rest of my life in Chicago?
I need a pitching opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a failure
A World Series flop
Tipping pitches? No more!
Wrigley in the daylight?
Far from my home in Japan
Brewers? Dodgers? Rangers? Twins?
Get these teams away from me
You know I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore

If you’ll be my baseball team
I will be your ace, brand-new
I will call you, Theo
And Theo when you call me
Please just call me Yu

Today’s song selection: