Yu Darvish could return to the mound next weekend

Yu Darvish could return to the mound next weekend

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Yu Darvish could return to the mound next weekend

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For nearly the past two months, Cubs righty Yu Darvish has been sidelined with right triceps tendinitis that has yet to yield. But, according to what Darvish told MLB.com — he expects to be on the mound very soon post all-star break.

“There was a lot of pain in [Los Angeles] before going on the DL,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “So I’ve got that in mind. There’s a little bit of scariness that’s left in my mind.”

“My sense is that he feels better and his arm is feeling good,” Hoyer said. “Our hope is that after the [All-Star] break, he can ramp it up. I have no reason to be pessimistic.”

Darvish was nearing his return in late June before suffering a setback in his bullpen session, which resulted in a cortisone shot for the setback. Darvish will certainly be needed, as the Cubs only hold first place in the division by a half game over the Brewers.

Darvish, 31, has struggled in eight starts for Chicago this season, sporting a 1-3 record with a 4.95 ERA — while also dealing with two stints on the disabled list.

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