Cubs assessing needs while waiting for Darvish’s return

Cubs president Theo Epstein says the front office is still assessing its July trade needs as the team awaits the return of right-hander Yu Darvish from the disabled list.

Darvish has been out six weeks with an elbow issue and is seemingly back to square one in his rehab

Anytime you stop like that [rehabbing] and go for another opinion, you want to see some progress. We’re happy with the last few days, for sure.

Darvish, 31, was on his way to returning, but a rehab start in the minors followed by a bullpen session didn’t go well, as he felt pain in his elbow. The Cubs say an end-of-the-month return is possible, but they won’t put a timetable on it until https://www.wholesalecustomnfljerseyschina.com/ he’s throwing again.

On the position-player front, right now, there is not a lot we would want to go get, honestly, Epstein said. Not a lot of roster spots to fit guys in, and we have guys we have to sit on a given day we want to get at-bats for. It’s not like we’re actively looking to add on the position-player side.

One of those players sitting is former MVP, Kris Bryant. He’s been out close to two weeks with a sore shoulder but is feeling better after a hitting session Friday, according to Epstein. He could be activated or sent out for a rehab assignment soon.

The Cubs’ biggest current need is a left-hander for their bullpen, as former swingman Mike Montgomery is entrenched in the rotation while Brian Duensing has struggled and is on the disabled list. Former Tigers closer Justin Wilson has also been unreliable since coming over in a July trade last year.

Almost every contender is looking to add another reliever or two from each side, Epstein said. The way it looks right now isn’t necessarily the way it looks for the remainder of the season.

When I’m pairing the cutter and slider it makes it pretty hard on the hitters, Stroman said.

Stroman said he has felt strong since returning from the disabled list on June 23. The Blue Jays have won three of his four starts since he missed six weeks with right shoulder fatigue.

It was an outstanding effort, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. It doesn’t surprise me. I think he has rounded back into shape the way we’ve seen him so many times.

Stroman gave up one run and six hits with two walks in seven innings.

The Braves, who have lost six of their last seven, fell to second in the NL East after beginning the day tied with Philadelphia for the lead. The Phillies beat jerseys cheap the Mets 7-3. Atlanta held at least a share of first since May 30.

Toronto was limited to three hits through seven innings by Teheran and Jesse Biddle, and the game was tied 1-1. The Blue Jays broke out with five hits off A.J. Minter (3-2) and Shane Carle in the eighth.

Aledmys Diaz doubled in two runs before scoring on a double by Devon Travis. Kevin Pillar had a run-scoring single in the big inning, which opened with a fielding error by Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson on Yangervis Solarte’s grounder.

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