Kim Ha-Sung’s teammate and former San Diego Padres starter Darvish Yu could be back in the lineup sometime this season.
He avoided a major injury, but the team is cautious about his chances of returning. MLB.com reported on Tuesday that “Darvish avoided a major injury. Darvish was treated with a cortisone injection.”
“I’m kind of relieved that nothing happened to the elbow ligament,”스포츠토토 Darvish said. “He’ll be out for a while,” said head coach Bob Melvin. For now, both players and managers are relieved.
“If Darvish’s elbow responds to the cortisone injection, there’s a chance he could pitch again this season,” according to MLB.com. There is a bone in the elbow called the lunate, which will be monitored while the inflammation is treated.
Surgery seems to have been avoided. However, MLB.com added, “San Diego is getting close to the point where it has to ask itself if it’s wise to push for Darvish’s return.”
“Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list (IL) with elbow inflammation,” MLB.com reported on March 29, noting that “San Diego’s faint playoff hopes took a serious hit with Darvish’s placement on the IL.”
Darvish was 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA in 24 starts this season before going on the DL. He is two wins away from reaching double digits in wins this year after posting 16 wins (9) in 2012, his first season in the big leagues. That’s enough to make you want to come back.
[Photo] San Diego pitcher Darvish Yu. ⓒGettyimages (All rights reserved)
However, he hasn’t been pitching well lately. He lost to the Baltimore Orioles in seven innings and four runs on April 15, lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in five innings and four runs on April 20, and lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in four innings and five runs on April 26. He was pulled after less than five innings, snapping a three-game losing streak. His pitching hasn’t been like Darvish lately.
The team hasn’t fared much better since his departure. Even with Darvish back, San Diego’s fall baseball will be difficult. It’s time to stop trying so hard.
The Padres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 29. The next day, however, the Padres dropped a 5-6 decision to St. Louis to fall back into a three-game losing streak.
MLB.com reported, “San Diego lost the first day of the series to the San Francisco Giants, 2-7. The Padres are one game out of first place with 27 games remaining. San Diego continues to head in the wrong direction.”
In the meantime, MLB.com reported, “Nevertheless, Darvish is trying to make a comeback. He plans to start playing catch after a few short days of rest, if his elbow feels good.” “I get paid to go out there and throw the ball,” Darvish said. It would be disrespectful not to try to come back,” he said.