Right-hander Yu Darvish will miss his start Tuesday after being placed on the 10-day disabled list with parainfluenza virus, the Cubs announced prior to Monday's game against the Miami Marlins.
The Cubs will make a corresponding roster move on Tuesday. Manager Joe Maddon said after Monday's game that the Cubs had yet to make a decision on who would start Tuesday's game, but that having a bullpen day is a possibility.
The 31-year-old right-hander is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 14, which would be his regularly scheduled spot in the Cubs' rotation. If he does come off the disabled list next Monday, he would only miss one start.
"It’s one of those things, you don’t know if he’s going to start feeling better or not, so we’ve just been trying to prepare for it. That's all." Maddon said. "I talked with him before the game and it still wasn’t good, so we had to make up our mind."
Per the CDC, parainfluenza virus is:
Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs) commonly cause respiratory illnesses in infants and young children. But anyone can get HPIV illness. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, and cough. Patients usually recover on their own. However, HPIVs can also cause more severe illness, such as croup or pneumonia.
In a town where Michael Jordan's "Flu Game" is a legend, though, the question had to be asked: How does the flu lead to a trip to the disabled list?
"Just days, that’s all," Maddon said. "This way, the 10-day DL permits a lot of stuff."
Maddon also quipped: "Ask the Dodgers."