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Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager 'to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'

Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager 'to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Aug 6, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a double against the Chicago White Soxduring the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The mound thatA Yu DarvishA stood atop Sunday felt like a cozy home.

Entering his second season with theA CubsA as he attempts to rebound from an injury-plagued 2018, Darvish said he felt a sense of comfort during a 45-pitch bullpen session.

Ita€™s a stark contrast from last spring, when he was caught in a whirlwind of developments that started with a six-year, $126 million agreement with the Cubs but spun out of control with a right elbow injury that limited him to eight starts and season-ending surgery in September.

a€œLast year I didna€™t know anyone,a€ Darvish said under sunny skies in front of the Cubsa€™ agility field. a€œI felt alone. But this year I know a lot of people, and I feel this is my place. That makes me more relaxed.a€

Several unsuccessful rehab attempts left Darvish hopeless and somewhat elusive last year as he preferred to speak in his native Japanese and often was brief in his comments.

With a healthy arm and greater familiarity with his teammates and his organization, Darvish wasna€™t shy about expressing his ambitions for 2019.

a€œI couldna€™t do anything last year for the Cubs,a€ said Darvish, who conducted the interview in English. a€œI really love the fans and this organization. But I couldna€™t do anything. I want to do something for Chicago and the Cubs.a€

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