In comments before the Cubs’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Epstein said that the team would take a cautious approach with the pitcher, who signed a six-year deal worth $126 million over the offseason.
“If you put yourself in a position where you’re overly reliant on something that hasn’t been dependable up to this point and it doesn’t come through, it’s probably more on you than on the fates,” he said.
Darvish, currently on the disabled list, played catch at Wrigley Field this weekend, and Epstein called it the pitcher’s “best day in a long time.”
Darvish has a 1-3 record with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts this season for the Cubs. He has been on the disabled list twice, this time with triceps tendinitis.