5/13 Davis set to join Cubs

It was almost one year ago today that Doug Davis woke up around 4 a.m. sweating and feeling sharp pain in his chest, jaw, neck and back. Heartburn medication didn’t help.

“I Googled what was going on, and it said signs of a heart attack,” Davis said at the time.

He was diagnosed May 17, 2010, with pericarditis, an inflammation of the lining surrounding the heart. The left-hander was pitching for the Brewers then, and had made his last start May 10. He was told not to rush back because if he did, he would run the risk of having heart problems for the rest of his life.

Davis did make one more start on July 7, 2010, and on Saturday, will make his first Major League start since then when the Cubs play the Giants. Davis signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs in April and tuned up with two Minor League starts, although his last one was cut short so he’d be ready for Saturday’s game.

Doctors said the left-hander had a mild case of pericarditis. He’s probably had enough of hospitals. In March 2008, Davis was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He made two starts before having his thyroid removed.

According to reports, his contract with the Cubs states that if he joins the Major League team, he will make $900,000 with possible bonuses that could bring his total salary to $2 million. He’ll get started on Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat

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