MESA – Scheduled to start in his first game as a member of the Chicago Cubs, pitcher Yu Darvish was scratched from the lineup before Thursday’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Sloan Park.
Manager Joe Maddon said Darvish told him he still wasn’t feeling well, and they both made the decision to hold off.
“We decided it’s much better to do it this way,” Maddon said. “There’s no hurry and he felt really good about it.”
Darvish still participated in team workouts, which included throwing a two-inning bullpen session along with batting practice.
After the workout, Darvish said, “I feel good” and that he wanted to take precautions to avoid hurting himself.
“I’m not getting a bad vibe from him or the doctors,” Maddon said. “Just let it run its course, that kind of thing.”
Maddon made it clear that his main focus is what is happening on the field right now.
“I don’t really worry about stuff like that,” Maddon said. “What’s more interesting is what we’re doing over on that field right now.”
Darvish, who signed a six-year, $126 million contract with the Cubs, is scheduled to make his debut Tuesday against his former team, the Dodgers.
“Pitchers coming out for their first or second time, I’m not worried,” Maddon said. “It’s about health. I’m not looking for great performances at all.”