Darvish lands on disabled list again

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CHICAGO (AFP) – The Chicago Cubs placed Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish on Major League Baseball’s 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right triceps tendinitis.

Darvish, who inked a six-year deal worth $126 million with the Cubs as a free agent in February, is coming off his first win of the season and was scheduled to start on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

Darvish, 31, has gotten off to a rocky start in Chicago.

In eight starts, he is 1-3 with a 4.95 earned-run-average. This is his second spell on the DL since joining the Cubs. He missed time earlier this month with the flu.

Darvish starred for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan before joining Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers in 2012, staying with the club until he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July.

After two solid playoff outings to help them reach the World Series, Darvish was pounded by the Houston Astros and didn’t manage to get past the second inning in two starts, including the decisive seventh game. That had not happened to a World Series pitcher since 1960.

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