Cubs pitching coach says Darvish ‘a couple weeks away’

Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish is still “a couple weeks away” from returning to the rotation, according to pitching coach Jim Hickey.

“We’re still a couple weeks away for sure,” Hickey said on WSCR-AM 670 on Wednesday. “It’s more in the hands of the trainers than it is in the pitching coach’s hands right now.”

Darvish underwent an MRI exam on his pitching arm but no structural damage was detected, the club announced last week.

Hickey says Darvish has begun a throwing program, but hasn’t resumed throwing off the mound yet.

The coach also said Darvish making minor-league rehab starts before returning is “inevitable.”

Darvish is currently on the disabled list due to a right triceps injury. The MRI displayed inflammation in the triceps, according to the Cubs.

Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million contract in the offseason but has been an early season disappointment. He has a 1-3 record and 4.95 ERA in eight starts.

Darvish received the big-money deal from Chicago despite having a miserable World Series in 2017 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up eight runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings over two starts, losing both, for a 21.60 ERA.

–Field Level Media