Yu Darvish injury update: No structural damage in Cubs pitcher’s elbow

Yu Darvish has had a rough start to his first season with the Cubs, but it sounds like his latest stint on the disabled list won’t last too long.

General manager Jed Hoyer said through a spokesman Wednesday that an MRI on Darvish’s arm revealed no structural damage, just the right triceps inflammation the team had cited in placing him on the DL Saturday. The Cubs expect Darvish to begin throwing again within a week.

Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts for Chicago after signing a six-year, $126 million deal this offseason. He already has served one DL stint this year, missing nearly two weeks earlier this month due to a bout with the flu.

Mike Montgomery stepped out of the bullpen for his first start of the season Monday, allowing just two baserunners and no runs in 5 2/3 innings. After that outing, he should be in line for more starts while Darvish is on the shelf.

White Sox: The White Sox activated RF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) and LF Leury Garcia (sprained left knee). Both players started Game 1 but were not in the lineup for the nightcap.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (6-6, 4.06 ERA) looks to break out of a slump after going 0-2 with a 10.05 ERA in his first three starts this month.

White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (3-2, 2.90) will try to rebound from a loss at Cleveland on Monday.

It was kind of amazing. Maybe not stunning — everybody’s gotta find an angle — but still, it was surprising to see people nitpicking a rookie with a 2.05 ERA who was holding opposing hitters to a .537 OPS in his first 22 major-league innings. Yes, he’d walked 16. Yes, he’d only struck out nine, and that ratio was one of the worst in the majors.

But the 21-year-old rookie getting his first taste of the big leagues knew baseball hadn’t seen his best stuff yet.

That’s my go-to strikeout pitch, Hicks told a small group of reporters in front of his locker after the Cardinals’ loss to the Royals on May 23, but it just hasn’t been there lately.

Hicks wasn’t talking about his 105-mph sinker. He was talking about his slider, and he flashed a knowing grin as he talked about that pitch. We’d seen it just an hour earlier.

Hicks pitched the eighth inning for the Cardinals that day, and the rookie needed just seven pitches to dispatch the Royals. Drew Butera went down first, on three pitches — called strikes on a fastball and a slider, then a swing-and-miss at a slider for Strike Three. Then Hunter Dozier fouled off two sinkers and was frozen by a Strike Three slider. Jon Jay grounded out on a first-pitch sinker.

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