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Yu Darvish needs another rehab start, return pushed back at least a week

The Chicago Cubs have determined Yu Darvish will need another rehab start before rejoining the rotation, which means the pitcher will not start Saturday’s game as originally planned. Instead, Tyler Chatwood will take the mound against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field.

Darvish, who has been out since May 20 due to right triceps tendinitis, experienced “pain” during a bullpen session Thursday in Los Angeles, according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who added the workout “did not go well.”

“It was more pain (than soreness),” Maddon added, saying Darvish will return to Chicago while the team plots the next move.

Darvish on Wednesday did not seem overly confident that his return to the rotation was imminent.

“It’s still day by day,” Darvish said Wednesday, via “It just depends on how it feels tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”

Darvish pitched in a rehab game Monday for the South Bend Cubs — Chicago’s Class A outfit. It was encouraging but yielded mixed results. Darvish threw 57 pitches — 41 for strikes — with five strikeouts and no walks while allowing one run. He also made a lot of friends with his minor league teammates with an act of generosity.

Darvish expressed earlier this week an eagerness to get back up with the major-league club, saying, “I want to come back as soon as possible and help out the team.”

That would make sense since his initial time in Chicago has been less than inspiring after signing a six-year, $126 million contract in February. Before going down with injury Darvish posted a 1-3 record with an ERA of 4.95.