Yu Darvish Out for Season After Elbow Injury Diagnosed as Stress Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 21, 2018

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish walks through the dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Yu Darvish's frustrating 2018 has come to an abrupt end due to an elbow injury. 

Per The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma, an MRI showed Darvish has a stress reaction in his right elbow and a triceps strain. He is going to be shut down for six weeks and won't pitch again this season. 

This comes after Darvish left a rehab start with Low-A South Bend on Sunday after one inning because of discomfort in his pitching arm.

The Cubs signed the 31-year-old to a six-year contract in the offseason, hoping he would play a big role in their quest to get back to the World Series after winning a title in 2016.

Instead, the four-time All-Star stumbled out of the gate with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts. He's also had two stints on the disabled list in 2018. The first came in early May due to a virus and again on May 27 with tendinitis in his right triceps. 

Because of Darvish's extended absence already this season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon won't have an issue forming a rotation without the right-hander. They acquired Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers on July 27 to add depth to a group that includes Jose Quintana, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. 

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