In the eyes of manager Joe Maddon, newcomer Yu Darvish has acclimated himself to the Cubs culture so quickly that his curiosity is “really low” as Darvish makes his spring training debut Thursday against the Rockies. So what else could Darvish bring to the Cubs? “Hopefully between 15 to 20 wins,” Maddon said jokingly Wednesday. “That always makes the clubhouse feel good. If he goes out there and (pitches) like he’s capable of, that will speak loudly.” Darvish won’t make his Cubs regular-season debut until the third game against the Marlins in Miami, with Kyle Hendricks getting the nod for the second game after Jon Lester in the opener. Left-hander Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood will round out the rotation for the first five games. “I think it’s good to put Yu in the three hole,” Maddon said. “Let him just chill a bit and work his way into it.” Maddon said he and his staff looked at the entire first month after Lester’s first start before scripting the rotation. At any rate, Hendricks, Darvish and fellow right-hander Chatwood are lined up to face the right-handed hitting Brewers during a four-game series April 5-8 at Miller Park.
Cubs want Yu Darvish to ease into his role in the rotation
Chicago Tribune | Mar 1