Yu don’t say: Cubs’ Yu Darvish (flu) won’t pitch at home in return from DL
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Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish won’t have to worry about any adverse weather or fan reaction when he returns from the disabled list after a bout with the flu.
Instead of returning to the rotation Monday, when he’s eligible, at home against the Braves, Darvish will start Tuesday against the same team in Atlanta.
“We arranged that,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We want to give him one extra day, so we’re going to push him to Tuesday, and Quintana will come back on Monday.”
Darvish (0-3, 6.00 ERA) has failed to pitch out of the fifth inning in four of his six starts, including May 2 against the Rockies, when he was booed as he left the mound in an 11-2 loss.
He was scratched from his next start, Tuesday against the Marlins, because of the flu. His subsequent move to the 10-day DL allowed the Cubs to add bullpen help while he recovered.
During the fifth inning Friday, the Cubs recognized White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar on the left-field video board:
“The Cubs extend best wishes to White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar — get well soon, Danny!”
Farquhar suffered a brain aneurysm after collapsing in the dugout after pitching against the Astros on April 20. He remained in critical condition for several days and was eventually released from the hospital Monday.
Doctors said Farquhar eventually will be able to pitch again but not this season.
Kyle Schwarber will always have a warm spot for the crosstown series — if not a cold one.
That goes back to his first experience three years ago as a rookie when a fan threw a beer bottle at him in left field at Guaranteed Rate Field.
He’s ready if it happens again.
“I might drink it,” said Schwarber, who threw out Nicky Delmonico trying to score to end the fifth inning.
“If it was half full, I would say, ‘Come on! What a waste of great beer here.’ ”
Fix not so ‘simple’?
After his last start Saturday in St. Louis, Tyler Chatwood said he knew exactly what he was doing wrong mechanically that was leading to so many walks and vowed to make the “simple fix,” which he wouldn’t divulge.
Whether it was a version of pitching out of the stretch with nobody on or something else, it didn’t work for long Friday. He walked five batters in five innings, marking the fifth time in seven starts he has finished with at least as many walks as innings pitched.
In fact, Chatwood is the only pitcher in the majors with five or more walks in more than three starts, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
He said he thought it was working the first two innings (six up, six down), but he started “drifting” after that.
“I’m kind of battling,” Chatwood said.
But Chatwood once again pitched well enough with men on base to allow only two runs and leave the game in line for the victory.
Despite a major-league-leading 32 walks, Chatwood has a 3.35 ERA.