Chicago Cubs' Darvish feels optimistic after 50-pitch workout
The right-hander is on the disabled list and hasn't pitched since May 20 due to right triceps tendinitis.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish told reporters he's feeling "very optimistic" after throwing 50 pitches during a Saturday workout.
"All my pitches, velocity-wise, were up there at their highest and then I was able to follow through with my arm," Darvish said through his interpreter.
The right-hander is on the disabled list and hasn't pitched since May 20 due to right triceps tendinitis. The Cubs plan to wait to see how Darvish feels on Sunday before deciding on the next step of his rehab.
"Everything up until this point, there was a little pain and discomfort involved," Darvish said. "Now that I'm pitching, I'm very optimistic about this process."
Darvish also told reporters he began throwing a few weeks after landing on the DL, but he was shut down in late June after dealing with pain. He doesn't expect any further setbacks.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon is also encouraged about the veteran's return to the mound.
"He seems a little more upbeat," Maddon told reporters. "His smile was easier. I try to read body language and faces -- and when you ask pitchers how they're feeling, they reveal what's going on, and normally it is the smile. I look at that as a good thing."
Darvish, who turns 32 on Aug. 16, is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts this season, his first with the Cubs. He is 57-45 with a 3.49 ERA during his six-year MLB career, pitching for the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cubs.
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