CHICAGO – The continuing saga of Yu Darvish has taken another turn. The Cubs’ right-hander flew to Dallas to see Dr. Keith Meister, the orthopedist of the Texas Rangers, for whom Darvish played most of his career.
After Friday’s 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field, the Cubs said Darvish has right-elbow impingement, for which he took a cortisone shot. He will be re-evaluated in three to five days.
Darvish said he felt pain Thursday, when he threw in the bullpen at Dodger Stadium.
That was three days after he made a minor league rehab start at Class-A South Bend. Darvish threw the ball well at South Bend but said afterward he was not 100 percent.
He has been on the disabled list, effective May 23, with right triceps tendinitis.
“I talked a little bit yesterday with him,” catcher Chris Gimenez said. “I played catch with him yesterday, caught his bullpen. I think he’s just a little frustrated, to be honest with you, and rightfully so. I know he wants to get himself back out here.”
Ready to roll: Tyler Chatwood will start Saturday for the first time since June 19. He missed his last scheduled start as his wife was giving birth to a son.
“Good, really good,” he said of his family. “Everybody’s good. Getting a phone call about 3:30 in the morning, but it was good, being able to be there for it and everything. Then being able to spend some time with them afterward, it was nice.
“I was able to come in here and throw, throw a bullpen. I feel good, ready to go tomorrow.”
Bryant progressing: Third baseman Kris Bryant is ready to begin hitting off a tee and taking ground balls as he recovers from left-shoulder inflammation. He is due to come off the disabled list Tuesday.
Javy Baez did not start because of the birth of his son, but he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and stayed in to play second base.
Baseball in the sunshine: The Cubs are in the early stages of playing nine straight day games. That hasn’t happened for them since 2009, research historian Ed Hartig said. Friday’s game against the Twins began with a temperature of 96 degrees with a heat index of 106.
Friday’s game began at 4:05 p.m. to give the Cubs a break coming off the West Coast. Day games usually begin at 1:20 p.m. The Cubs are not normally allowed to play Friday night games, but an exception was made last September.
“Spring training all over again: Sloan Park, Maryvale, Glendale, it’s just the way it is,” said Maddon, who said he’d like 162 night games. “We’ll be fine. A little warm today so I want to really keep an eye on everybody. It was kind of warm yesterday, too. Then, of course, you play and then you get on a plane and fly cross-country. There’s all the impact of that. But our guys were great. We showed up after a tough loss the night before. We played. We played it yesterday. We played against really good pitching. Better at-bats, better approach at the plate. The team battled hard. I just liked a lot of what we did in Los Angeles.”