After being known as up from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, catcher Chris Gimenez revealed he has been sending recommendation to outdated good friend and batterymate Yu Darvish.
“I text him a few things here and there,” Gimenez mentioned with a smile. “Apparently it hasn’t worked very good. But hopefully I can cheer him on. He’ll be just fine.”
Perhaps, however Darvish just isn’t fairly superb but.
The Cubs introduced earlier than the Saturday’s 5-Four loss to the Giants that that they had positioned Darvish on the 10-day disabled checklist with proper triceps tendinitis, retroactive to Wednesday.
Manager Joe Maddon mentioned after the recreation that he spoke with Darvish and determined to make the transfer for precautionary causes.
“We’re not overly concerned,” Maddon mentioned, including that Darvish will get an MRI examination on the triceps.
It’s his second DL stint of the season after he missed time with the flu this month. Darvish is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday when the Cubs play the Mets at Citi Field.
Depending on how he feels in the subsequent few days, Darvish might miss just one begin. He was scheduled to face the Giants on Sunday evening at Wrigley Field in a nationally televised recreation on ESPN however will get replaced by Tyler Chatwood.
Could it’s a case of “Sunday Night Baseball-itis”?
Darvish was booed throughout his final begin at Wrigley on May 2 after being shelled by the Rockies, after which was positioned on the DL. He had been scheduled to return May 14 at Wrigley, however the Cubs pushed it again a day and began him in Atlanta.
Maddon denied that week that the Cubs wished Darvish’s return to are available a unique setting.
“I know that that’s going to be easy to look at and say that we did do that,” Maddon mentioned, including he was not nervous about Darvish’s psychological state.
While a Cubs supply mentioned Darvish’s new setback is believed to be “minor,” they want to proceed with warning on their $126 million funding. Darvish underwent elbow-reconstruction surgical procedure in March 2015 and returned in 2016 after lacking a complete season.
After his bout with the flu, Darvish went 4 innings in his return towards the Braves earlier than leaving with a cramp in his proper calf. He recovered from a rocky first inning in his subsequent begin May 20 in Cincinnati, permitting one run in six innings to notch his first win as a Cub.
But nobody was suggesting Darvish had turned a nook simply but.
“You can’t make too much of any one or two starts when he was in (the media’s) crosshairs because things weren’t going well,” Cubs President Theo Epstein mentioned Friday, earlier than information of the harm. “We weren’t panicked about it in any respect. And as a result of he’s had a pair good begins in a row, we don’t suppose he’s precisely the place he wants to be both.
“It’s a course of. He hasn’t gotten to some extent the place he’s at the high of his recreation and feeling nice and feeling snug with all the things. But I believe he’s on the street to getting there. Even if he goes on the market and has a foul one, it doesn’t imply he’s beginning over.”
But with his newest DL stint, Darvish in impact will be beginning over, attempting to put collectively a constant stretch of begins to stay up to the huge hype that accompanied his free-agent signing in February.
Gimenez, who caught Darvish with the Rangers in 2014, instructed his good friend in all probability remains to be getting acclimated to his new environment.
“I know it’s May, almost June now,” Gimenez mentioned. “But I believe there’s a little little bit of that grace interval that sadly all of us don’t need to have however we sort of have to have it. …
“Spring coaching is one factor, however once you get out right here in the actual deal it’s slightly totally different. So I believe finally it’s going to flip round for him and he’ll be superb. And I’ll be right here to make enjoyable of him.”
Saturday’s surprising call-up of Gimenez led to hypothesis he could be used as Darvish’s catcher, giving the pitcher a consolation zone. But Maddon mentioned the roster transfer had nothing to do with Darvish, and the Cubs merely wished to get backup catcher Victor Caratini extra enjoying time in Iowa. Gimenez mentioned he was right here “for moral support more than anything.”
The Cubs rotation, touted as considered one of the greatest in the majors when the season started, ranked 10th getting into Saturday with a three.70 ERA. They have been second worst in walks per 9 innings (Four.26), forward of solely the White Sox’s starters.
“We haven’t really hit our stride yet,” Epstein mentioned. “But there’s a lot of talent in the rotation. We’ve been pitching a few too many walks, which can come back to hurt you. … As we get locked in and find our rhythm, cut our walks, you’ll see this group get on a roll.”
But for now, they’ll have to get on a roll without Darvish.