Yu Darvish was close to making his return to the lineup as he recovered from a triceps injury, but after suffering a setback in the bullpen Thursday, the Cubs pitcher is getting a second opinion on his throwing arm.

According to The Athletic, Darvish will be evaluated by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers team physician and the doctor Darvish worked with while he played for Texas.

Manager Joe Maddon had hoped Darvish would be ready to pitch Saturday, though he isn’t expected to be back for at least another week.

“It was more pain (than soreness),” Maddon said Thursday, via the Chicago Tribune.



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Darvish, who hasn’t pitched since May 20 due to right-triceps tendinitis, threw 57 pitches to strike out five, walk none and allow one run in his rehab start for Single-A South Bend on Monday. He still felt soreness in his arm, but remained positive about his comeback status.

The four-time All-Star has struggled in eight starts for Chicago this season, recording a 1-3 record with a 4.95 ERA while also dealing with two stints on the disabled list.

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