Following September Surgery, Yu Darvish is Now Throwing Again
After months of pain, rehab, and doubt, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish finally received a diagnosis on his injured elbow in his lost 2018 season: he was suffering from a stress reaction, a repetitive stress injury in a bone in the elbow that can ultimately cause a stress fracture.
In addition to being shut down, Darvish ultimately had arthroscopic surgery in September on the elbow, presumably to remove a little tissue or bone or loose bodies that was causing inflammation and/or discomfort. Whether those bodies – or whatever was cleaned up – were a cause of the stress reaction or simply an additional elbow issue, we don’t know. What we do know is that, following rehab from this surgery and the stress reaction, the Cubs and Darvish are hopeful he will be full go when Spring Training rolls around in a couple months