Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish, who went on the disabled list on Saturday with what was termed “right triceps inflammation,” underwent an MRI yesterday and today the results came back with as good a news as could be expected. The Cubs right-hander has no structural damage to his right arm and is expected to begin throwing again sometime this weekend or early next week.
While the team is clearly relieved that Darvish is not suffering from anything serious that could cost him a large amount of playing time, the inflammation that has him sidelined will not permit him to come off the disabled list in the minimum ten days. Since Darvish will still be on the DL when his turn in the rotation comes up on Saturday against the Mets, Mike Montgomery is expected to get a second start. Montgomery was terrific in his first start of the year against the Pirates on Monday. He allowed just two hits and no runs over 5.2 innings and collected his first win of the season.
Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA over eight starts in his first campaign with the Cubs.