After catching a call from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, catcher Chris Gimenez said he'd sent some advice to his old friend and battery member Yu Darvish
"I'll write some things here and there" Gimenez said a grin. "Apparently it did not work very well, but hopefully I can cheer him on, he'll be fine."
Maybe, but Darvish is not quite all right yet.
The Cubs announced a 5-4 loss to the Giants before Saturday that they had Darvish placed on the 10-day disabled list right-right triceps tendonitis, retroactive to Wednesday.
Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that he talked to Darvish and decided to do the move as a precautionary measure.
"We are not overly concerned," said Maddon, adding that Darvish will receive an MRI scan on the triceps.
It's his second DL stint of the season, having missed the flu this month. Darvish is eligible to leave the DL on Saturday when the Cubs play the Mets at Citi Field.
Depending on how he feels in the next few days, Darvish may just miss a start. He was scheduled to play against the Giants on ESPN Sunday night at Wrigley Field in a nationwide televised match, but will be replaced by Tyler Chatwood.
Could it be a case of "Sunday Night Baseball Itis"?
Darvish had booed during his last start at Wrigley on May 2, after being shot at by the Rockies, and was then placed on the DL. He had planned to return to Wrigley on May 1
Maddon denied this week that the Cubs wanted to bring Darvish's return to another environment.
"I know this will be easy to see and say we did that," Maddon said, adding that he was not worried about Darvish's state of mind.
While a young source said Darvish's new setback was "low," "you must be wary of investing $ 126 million, Darvish underwent elbow reconstruction in March 2015 and returned in 2016 after a full season
Following his flu virus, Darvish made four innings on his return to the Braves before cramping in his right calf, recovering from a rocky first inning in his next start May 20 in Cincinnati, allowing a run in six innings, to score his first win as a young lion.
But no one suggested that Darvish had just turned a corner.
"You can not do too much of a launcher or two if he (in the media ) was following the crosshairs because things were not going well, "said Cubs President Theo Epstein on Friday before hearing the news of the injury." We were not in a panic at all. And because he had some good starts in a row, we do not think he's exactly where he needs to be.
"It's a process, he's not at a point where he's at the top, feeling good and comfortable, but I think he's on his way there, even if he goes out and a bad one However, with his recent DL stint, Darvish will indeed start again and try to create a consistent series of starts. He will live up to the enormous hype surrounding his Free. "
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Gimenez, who caught Darvish with the Rangers in 2014, suggested that his friend was probably getting used to his new environment.
"I know it may, almost June," said Gimenez. "But I think there is a bit of this reprieve that we unfortunately do not want to have, but we have to have it …
" Spring training is one thing, but if you really get out of here, it's a bit different. So I think it will turn for him and he'll be fine. And I will be here to make fun of him. [Gimenez] 's unexpected call on Saturday led to speculation that he would be used as Darvish' s catcher and give the pitcher a comfort zone, but Maddon said the roster had nothing to do with Darvish and the Cubs just wanted Backup Catcher Victor Givenez said he was "more than anything else for moral support."
The rotation of the Cubs, considered one of the best in the majors at the start of the season, finished tenth with a 3 , 70 ERA on Saturday – they were the second worst in walks per nine innings (4.26), ahead of just the White Sox starters.
"We have not really made any move yet," Epstein said, "but there is one Lot of talent in the rotation. We have taken a few too many walks that can come back to hurt you. … When we get locked up and find our rhythm, we cut off our walks, then you'll see how this group plays a role.
But for now they have to come to the roll without Darvish.
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