Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish has no structural damage in triceps: reports

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 20: Yu Darvish #11 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 20, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs won 6-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — It’s been a rough start to the career of the Cubs’ biggest free agent acquisition, but things might be looking up for pitcher Yu Darvish.

Darvish was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right triceps tendonitis — but an MRI this week revealed no structural damage, according to reports from MLB.com and the Chicago Tribune. The Cubs have yet to confirm the results.

The disabled list is retroactive to May 23.

The right triceps tendonitis cost Darvish his scheduled start against the Giants last week and what likely would have been another this week in a four-game series against the Mets on the road.

It’s the second time Darvish has been on the disabled list during his first season with the Cubs, having gone out with the flu earlier in May.

That amounts to a rough start to his first season with the Cubs, which came with high expectations after he signed a six-year, $126 million deal in the offseason. Up-and-down from the start, Darvish is sporting a 4.95 ERA in eight starts with a 1-3 record. His first win didn’t come till his last start on May 20 against the Reds, with the pitcher allowing four or more earned runs in four of his starts this season.

Only twice has Darvish gone six innings in his starts, one of the many reasons that fans have been a little worried about the man who was supposed to anchor the middle part of the Cubs’ rotation.