The Cubs Sunday night finale with the Cardinals ended in a win for the Cubs, but the main take away from the game involved some obscure comments from the polarizing Alex Rodriguez, who was on the ESPN broadcast team for Sunday's game.
The former player-turned-ESPN broadcaster made comments suggesting that the Cubs clubhouse was starting to grow tired of Yu Darvish and his lingering injury issues.
Here's Alex Rodriguez making shit up about Yu Darvish and the Cubs. pic.twitter.com/3KmUyCc6Nu— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) July 30, 2018
Rodriguez didn't provide any further information on Darvish and the state of the Cubs clubhouse, but did name drop Tyler Chatwood, implying the Cubs are more willing to support him because of his level of effort despite the poor results.
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was quoted in the Chicago Tribune Monday dispelling the comments made by Rodriguez, referring to them as "unfortunate."
“I totally disagree with that,” Maddon said. “Everyone knows what’s going on. We know there is an injury there. We support his recovery. Everybody in there knows and everyone in the coaches’ room knows also, throughout the organization."
Darvish had an encouraging 23-pitch bullpen session last week but hasn't managed to get himself back on a major league mound since May 20th. The 31-year-old Darvish made one rehab start for Single-A South Bend on June 25th, going 5 innings allowing only 1 run on three hits with 5 strikeouts, but despite the encouraging start, Darvish's return was delayed when he was diagnosed with an elbow impingement.
The $126 million dollar man is on the right track to recovery but it has and will continue to be a slow rehab process as Darvish concentrates on getting back to the Cubs entirely healthy.