CHICAGO (AP) — Even though it meant a premature end to his first season in Chicago Matt Andriese Jersey , Yu Darvish said Thursday that he was relieved when an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right elbow.“At first, I was told it was a simple tightness, but I always knew there was something else other than the tightness,” Darvish said through a translator before the Cubs played the Reds at Wrigley Field.“With the diagnosis, I’m relieved to know what that something is.”Darvish has been sidelined since late May with what was at first diagnosed as triceps and elbow injuries. The Cubs were hoping to get the veteran right-hander back for the final month of the season, but Darvish left a rehab start Sunday with Single-A South Bend after one inning and 18 pitches, complaining of elbow pain. He had an MRI the next day.“I know what it’s like, tightness in the triceps area,” he said. “In the four to five weeks of the rehab process, the pain remained.”The 32-year-old Darvish signed a six-year http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authen...j.-cron-jersey , $126 million contract with the Cubs as a free agent last offseason. The big contract and his performance this season before the injury — 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts — didn’t earn him the benefit of the doubt with fans. Neither did his struggles in the World Series last season while pitching for the Dodgers (0-2 with a 21.60 ERA in two starts).Writing in an emotional blog post earlier in the week, the Japanese player acknowledged that the criticism affected him.“Every morning when I woke up, I would pray, ‘I have to throw today, please let there be no pain.’ Those were very gloomy days,” Darvish wrote. “Meanwhile, the atmosphere around me had become, ‘Is he faking an injury?’ ‘Is it a mental problem?’ Those words made it extremely difficult for me to stop and rest, and it really took a toll on me emotionally.”Darvish said Thursday that the failure of doctors to initially discover a significant injury caused him to doubt himself.“Until the diagnosis, there were times when I thought it could be my mental side Jesus Sucre Jersey ,” he said.Darvish said he was told that six weeks of rest should clear up the problem — no surgery is planned — and he is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training.He was asked if he’s looking forward to next season.“It’s really hard to think about next year at this point,” he said. “Right now, all I can do is do what’s best for my arm.” LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have landed a right-handed hitter to complement their deep, left-handed heavy lineup in free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.Pollock and Los Angeles agreed to a $55 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.The agreement includes a $10 million player option for 2023 with a $5 million buyout that would make the deal worth over $60 million for five seasons. Pollock could opt out after the 2022 season and $45 million, becoming a free agent again, if he meets specified plate appearance thresholds.The 31-year-old outfielder hit .257 last year with 21 home runs, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games for NL West rival Arizona.He will fill a void created when the Dodgers traded outfielders and right-handed hitters Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati for a pair of prospects in December.Pollock figures to play center field, with manager Dave Roberts using a platoon of Cody Bellinger http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authen...venters-jersey , Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles and possibly top prospect Alex Verdugo in the corners.Pollock missed nearly two months last year because of a broken left thumb, the latest in a long line of injuries that have limited Pollock to 113 games since his breakout All-Star season in 2015.He rejected a $17.9 million qualifying offer by the Diamondbacks in November.If the deal is completed, the Dodgers would lose their second-highest pick in next June’s amateur draft, currently slated to be No. 31, and lose $500,000 of their 2019-20 international signing bonus allocation.Arizona would receive an extra draft pick after the first round, giving it what currently is projected to be the 16th Matt Moore Jersey , 26th, 32nd, 33rd, 56th, 75th and 78th selections. The 32nd and 33rd picks are compensation for the loss of Pollock and for pitcher Patrick Corbin, who agreed to a $140 million, six-year deal with Washington.