May 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish won’t end up on the disabled list after all. After hearing the reports about his neck being stiff and sore again it seemed likely that he would be placed on the 15-day disabled list, which meant the earliest he would have been able to pitch would have been on June 7.
But Darvish said the soreness wasn’t as bad as it was during spring training and the MRI he had done show no issues.
That is some very great news for the Texas Rangers and fans. Darvish will return to the mound after only missing one start
Yu Darvish is off to another great start this season. Which seems to be the norm for him. He has a record of 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts over 9 starts(61 1/3 innings). When Darvish starts a game, the Rangers have won 7 of the 9 games he’s started.
With the condition the starting rotation is in, they can’t afford Yu Darvish to miss a start. But, there is a bit of a balance act here, the Rangers don’t want to push Darvish to pitch if it is likely it will lead to an injury and a long trip on the disabled list. Everything from the doctor and Darvish must be really good for them to start him on Sunday.