Yu Darvish can’t seem to catch a break.
The Cubs right-hander made his first start back from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday against the Braves but was taken out after four innings due to cramping in his right calf and replaced by Mike Montgomery.
Darvish, making his first start since May 2, had been placed on the 10-day DL last Monday with what the team called a “parainfluenza virus” but was feeling confident ahead of his return.
“Definitely the worst I’ve ever experienced,” Darvish said through his interpreter, via ESPN. “Even after 10 days. I was coughing and even going upstairs made me tired … I thought I was 100 percent coming in. Once I started pitching I wasn’t 100 percent. Next four days I’ll eat a lot, train a lot and become 100 percent again.”
Darvish pitched well before he was pulled, but claimed he was unable to stay in top form while battling the illness.
“It was more like fatigue because I was out for so long,” he said. “I haven’t been able to train for the past 10 days. My weight has gone down as well as endurance and stamina.”
The Cubs scored two runs in the ninth inning to secure a 3-2 win that snapped their two-game losing streak.
Darvish, 31, signed a six-year contract worth $126 million in February and is 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA in his first season with the Cubs.