Yu Darvish Nearing Return From Surgery

Apr 14, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Rangers won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Rangers won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Fan favorite and dominant pitcher Yu Darvish, is closing in on his return from Tommy John surgery a year ago.

Yu Darvish is projected to make his return to the Texas Rangers within the next month or so and the club and fans alike are chomping at the bit to get the All-Star pitcher back in the rotation. Upon his return, the Texas Rangers will have arguably the best starting rotation in baseball as they already have one of the best currently.

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Darvish, who has been throwing live batting practices and controlled bullpens, has been impressive in his journey back. Most recently, Darvish threw a 50 pitch bullpen across “3 innings” that pitching coach Doug Brocail thought was “really good”. Brocail is quoted as saying, The breaking ball was crisp. The slider was unbelievable. The fastball was good and hard with both two- and four-seamers. He threw strikes in a lot of good areas. As we measured it, there were a lot of 0-2 and 1-2 counts.”

This bullpen was thrown in a batting cage where batters weren’t allowed to swing due to close quarters. Following up this session however, Darvish is expected to throw a similar session on Thursday where hitters can swing. After that, it is expected that Yu Darvish will make a start at AA Frisco and barring no setbacks, could be back as soon as May 11. That would factor in just three minor league starts before his return but if he makes four, he could be back by May 16.

Regardless, this progress has Rangers Nation hopeful for a solid return from Darvish as they head into June in the marathon that is the Major League Baseball season.

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