MESA, Arizona — Yu Darvish says he’ll be just fine after leaving his start Tuesday with a blister:
“I don’t feel any pain,” Darvish said. “It’s good for next outing.”
When the issue last flared on April 2, 2013, it came on a cutter in the later innings of a start against the Astros. With history on the line, Darvish continued to pitch through the problem for two or three innings, losing his bid for a perfect game and a no-hitter in the ninth inning of a 14-strikeout performance for the Rangers.
After that happened, Darvish made his next scheduled start five days later.
”That game, I had exactly the same thing,” Darvish said. “The slider, I never feel it here [on the ring finger]. Today is the first time.”
Here’s what said blister looks like:
Onward. Here are tonight’s particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Baez SS, Schwarber LF, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Hamels P, Happ CF
The Cubs go to the pitcher-batting-eighth routine for the first time this spring.
Pollock CF, Turner 3B, Seager SS, Hernandez 2B, Bellinger RF, Taylor LF, Barnes C, Rios 1B, May P
Cole Hamels will start for the Cubs. Cubs relievers tonight: Mike Montgomery, Brian Duensing, Kyle Ryan and Junichi Tazawa.
Julio Urias will go for the Dodgers.
Tonight’s game is an audio webcast on cubs.com. It’s also going to be televised via the Dodgers network SportsNet LA and will be available on MLB.tv as well as live on MLB Network. The MLB Network broadcast will be carried in the Chicago market territory, no blackout.
Please note that during spring training, Gameday doesn’t usually go pitch-by-pitch as it does during the regular season — usually, it will update after each at-bat.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
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For spring-training games, we’ll have a first-pitch thread at five minutes to game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For tonight, that will be 9 p.m. CT and 10:30 p.m. CT.
These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked ”Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page. There will also be a StoryStream on the front page with all the game thread links, as well as the recap after the game is over. The pitcher boxes and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.