Cubs rule RHP Darvish (elbow) out for season

The Chicago Cubs ruled right-hander Yu Darvish out for the remainder of the season on Tuesday after an MRI exam revealed a stress reaction in his right elbow.

Darvish will be shut down for six weeks as a result of the ailment.

Darvish removed himself from a minor league rehab start for Class-A South Bend on Sunday after pitching just one inning. He shook his arm as he left the field after wincing through six warm-up pitches prior to the second.

"During warm-ups the next inning, I felt something in there,'' Darvish said through an interpreter. "Last time [in June] I did feel the same thing, I continued to throw. This time I stopped.''

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Darvish had been scheduled to throw three innings in his recovery from right triceps tendinitis that sent him to the 10-day disabled list on May 23.

He had thrown a simulated game at Wrigley Field last week, after which team president Theo Epstein said he was showing "maybe his best spin of the year."

"It's been a long road back," said Epstein of Darvish, who had experienced a setback during a throwing session in June. "There is no point in rushing it. We probably have one chance, given where we are in the calendar, to get this right. That's the priority."

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Darvish, who turned 32 last week, ends his first season with the Cubs at 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts. He joined Chicago on a six-year, $126 million contract in February.

Darvish is 57-45 with a 3.49 ERA during his six-year major league career, pitching for the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cubs.

--Field Level Media