Darvish seeks advice from Rangers doctor after setback

Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs looks on in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 21, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Chicago (AFP) – Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish has suffered an injury setback that sent the Japanese star flying to Texas to talk with the orthopedist on his former Major League Baseball club.

Darvish flew Thursday to Dallas, according to a posting on the club website, to be looked over by Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers, the team the 31-year-old right-hander played for from 2012 until being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

Darvish, on the disabled list the past month with right triceps tendinitis, suffered a setback in throwing a bullpen session Thursday and was scratched from a planned return Saturday against Minnesota.

Darvish had tossed a simulated game last week at Wrigley Field and made a developmental league start Monday.

The Dodgers reached the World Series last year with Darvish’s help, but he struggled in two losses to the Houston Astros, including the decisive seventh game of the championship showdown.

In February, Darvish signed a six-year deal with the Cubs but so far this season is only 1-3 with a 4.95 earned-run average in eight starts.