Chicago Cubs: A healthy Yu Darvish could be a shot in the arm for staff

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After a seemingly successful bullpen session, Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish appears to be one step closer toward rejoining the starting rotation.

As the Chicago Cubs continue their pursuit of a third consecutive division crown, Yu Darvish continues his rehab from an injury that sidelined him in late May. This weekend, though, we got the first real ‘good’ news regarding the Japanese right-hander.

After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, Darvish said he was ‘optimistic’ about the process. In previous comments, that word had hardly been uttered by either him or folks within the organization.

Having made just eight starts in the first season of his six-year, $126 million contract, most fans have moved on from Yu Darvish. That rang even more true once Theo Epstein went out and added Cole Hamels at the deadline, giving Chicago another rotation piece.

But, despite what many think, a healthy, productive Yu Darvish could be the missing piece in the final two months of the season. If he slots into the rotation and delivers, it may give the Cubs just what they lack as October nears – a fresh shutdown arm.