Padres’ Yu Darvish Shut Down for Rest of 2023 MLB Season With Elbow Injury

Padres’ Yu Darvish Shut Down for Rest of 2023 MLB Season With Elbow Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 13, 2023

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 19: Yu Darvish #11 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on August 19, 2023 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish has been shut down for the remainder of the 2023 season with an elbow injury, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday.

AJ Cassavell @AJCassavell

Yu Darvish has been shut down for the season, Bob Melvin says. Tests recently revealed a bone spur in Darvish’s elbow.

Dennis Lin @dennistlin

Yu Darvish has been shut down for the rest of the season. He learned recently he has an olecranon stress reaction in his elbow, and tried to pitch through it. After not progressing as hoped, he will rest for the next several weeks.

Darvish went 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 136.1 innings across 24 starts for the Padres in 2023. He hasn’t pitched since an Aug. 25 start against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 2021 season marked Darvish’s first with San Diego after the Padres acquired him from the Chicago Cubs in a seven-player deal.

He’s taken the field for nine complete MLB seasons (2012-2014, 2016-2021), making five All-Star Games and finishing as the Cy Young runner-up twice.

Darvish has played for the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cubs and Padres during his MLB tenure.

He was an integral part in the Padres’ success in 2022 under Melvin. The 89-73 Padres finished second in the National League West and defeated the favored New York Mets in the wild-card series in part because of Darvish’s dominant Game 1 win.

San Diego then upset the favored 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the next round before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies. in the NL Championship Series.

After the season, Darvish inked a six-year, $108 million contract to stay in San Diego.

With the Padres eight games back of a National League wild card spot this year with a 68-77 record, it’s no surprise Darvish has been shut down.

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