Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the Cubs’ season with a stress reaction on elbow

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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 11: Yu Darvish #11 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field after a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field on May 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 11-2. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

DETROIT – When he left his rehab start on Sunday in Class A South Bend, the Cubs and their fans feared the worst with their top free agent acquisition of this past offseason.

On Tuesday, Theo Epstein confirmed those fears on Yu Darvish.

The team president told reporters in Detroit before the Cubs’ game with the Tigers at Comerica Park that the pitcher will be shut down for the year after an MRI revealed a stress reaction on his right elbow.

This was the test that Darvish asked for after his start in South Bend, when he pitched just one inning before leaving with pain in the elbow. It came after spending nearly two months working back from a similar injury in his last rehab start in South Bend back in June, and up till Sunday the progress was positive.

Unfortunately a comeback in 2018 wasn’t meant to be, and it ends a very underwhelming season for the free agent pitcher who signed a six-year, $126 million contract in the offseason. He was 1-3 during his two months on the mound and didn’t pick up a win till his last outing May 20th against the Reds in Cincinnati.

He finished with a 4.95 ERA as he would have a bad performance followed by a good one up until he went on the disabled list in late May with the right triceps tendonitis. It end up bringing an end to his season, one that was a disappointment considering the contract and expectations for his role on the team.

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