Darvish to pitch simulated game today

June 19th, 2018

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher 's simulated game was delayed one day because of the weather, so the right-hander will now throw on Wednesday.

Darvish had been scheduled to throw on Tuesday, but the Cubs were playing a makeup day-night doubleheader after Monday's game was postponed because of rain and a problem with the lights at Wrigley Field.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said they will wait and see how Darvish feels after the session before deciding the next step. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 23 because of inflammation in his right triceps.

The Cubs hope Darvish can make a start before the All-Star break, but Maddon stressed that the pitcher will be needed in the second half.

"It's June," Maddon said Tuesday. "I want us to be really, really good in August and September. I want us to be fresh and I want us to be playing as good as we can possibly can play and have everybody available. The last two months to me are gold."

and Mike Montgomery were to start Tuesday's games, but because neither will have enough rest to start again on Saturday, the Cubs are considering their options and may promote a pitcher from Triple-A.

• The Cubs hit 10 home runs in 12 games at Wrigley Field in April when the weather conditions weren't exactly optimal.

"From a mental perspective, as a hitter, you've got to fight through that all the time," Maddon said. "This is not an excuse and I'm not trying to rationalize it, but when you say the power is down, I believe some of it is environmental and that the Lake taketh away. I don't see a difference in the power necessarily."

What's more important, Maddon said, is that the team has a better record at this point in the season (40-28) than it did one year ago, when it was 34-34 after 68 games on June 18.