Updates from Friday, May 30
Star Telegram reporter Drew Davison has the latest on Darvish:
Yu Darvish said he had no issues with his neck and is ready to go Sunday.— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) May 30, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News provides an update on Yu Darvish's injury:
Right-hander Yu Darvish will return to the rotation and take his normal turn on Sunday at Washington, the Texas Rangers said on Wednesday.
According to the club, Darvish said medication and treatment helped ease the neck stiffness that forced him to be scratched from a scheduled start at Minnesota on Tuesday. Darvish threw lightly in the outfield after receiving treatment and showed no signs of discomfort.
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
John Blake of the Texas Rangers provides an update on Yu Darvish's lingering neck issues:
Yu Darvish has been scratched from tonight's start due to neck stiffness. Texas starter is TBA.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) May 27, 2014
Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News shares more details on Darvish:
This is the second time in four months that Darvish had been sidetracked by a neck issue. He missed the final two weeks of spring training because of neck stiffness and opened the season on the disabled list. By backdating the move, Darvish was able to make his first start of the season in game No. 5.
Darvish was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test. The Rangers are uncertain as to when he will make his next start.
Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reveals Darvish's replacement:
Told Scott Baker is indeed starting tonight for Texas. #mntwins— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) May 27, 2014
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the MRI results:
Yu Darvish's MRI comes back "unremarkable," which is good. He has noted improvement from earlier. Next start still TBA. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 28, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
Richard Durrett of ESPN provides an update on Yu Darvish's return:
#Rangers Yu Darvish will start Sunday in Tampa.— Richard Durrett (@espn_durrett) April 2, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 1
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Yu Darvish's recovery:
Our friends in Japanese media report Yu Darvish threw 86 pitches in an extended bullpen. #Rangers to meet tonight to discuss what's next.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 1, 2014
Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along more details on Darvish's return:
#Rangers likely won't set a plan for Yu Darvish's return until Wednesday. They want to see how he recovers from 86-pitch bullpen session.— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) April 1, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 31
Richard Durrett of ESPN has the latest on Yu Darvish:
Rangers manager Ron Washington was "very encouraged" by Yu Darvish's bullpen session Sunday, his first step in resuming a throwing program since a stiff neck kept him from pitching on Opening Day.
"The report I got was that it was just as good as it was before he got hurt," Washington said.
Updates from Sunday, March 30
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Yu Darvish's recovery:
Yu Darvish threw 32 pitches with no issues during a Sunday bullpen session. He will take Monday off and throw again Tuesday. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 30, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 28
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jeff Wilson has an update on Darvish:
Yu Darvish still scheduled to play catch Saturday at the Globe and throw off flat ground Sunday. #Rangers to decide his schedule thereafter.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 28, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, March 26
Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Yu Darvish's injured neck:
#Rangers received good news on Darvish, no structural damage. Will long toss Saturday, but still seems likely to begin season on DL.— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) March 26, 2014
Your #Rangers Opening Day rotation: Scheppers, Perez, Ross, Saunders and ... Nick Marrinez.— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) March 26, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, March 25
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Yu Darvish:
Yu Darvish scratched from Opening Day start. To see neck/back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett tomorrow. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 25, 2014
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com had more on Darvish's health:
He has a stiff neck, and the Rangers are concerned that Darvish has additional issues.
There is no word on who will start on Opening Day, however, Martin Perez is a strong contender.
Darvish spoke about the decision to miss Opening Day (via Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram):
Yu Darvish: "I knew I wasn't going to be ready for Opening Day, so I made this decision." #Rangers— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) March 25, 2014
Spring training can't get over soon enough for the Texas Rangers, who have been beset by injuries in the waning days of the exhibition season. The latest addition to the list of ailing Rangers: ace right-hander Yu Darvish.
"Yu Darvish played catch on Monday but is still dealing with a stiff neck," reported T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "The Rangers aren’t sure when he’ll get back on the mound and it appears more questionable if he’ll be ready for Opening Day."
General manager Jon Daniels spoke about Darvish's injury (via Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News):
Whenever a guy is not out there, there is some level of concern. This doesn’t appear to be a long-term deal, but he’s an important guy. We want to make sure he can make thirty or more starts for us. I’m optimistic he will be able to take his turn, but if we have to move him back it’s not the end of the world.
Darvish's neck injury comes on the heels of second baseman Jurickson Profar being sidelined for 10-12 weeks with a torn shoulder muscle and Geovany Soto undergoing knee surgery that will keep him out for 10-12 weeks as well.
On top of that, left-hander Derek Holland is scheduled to miss at least half the season after having knee surgery in January.
As Jane Lee of MLB.com notes, it's been a rough spring for the Rangers:
The silver lining for Darvish is his injury doesn't sound serious, based on Daniels' comments. The Japanese ace has quickly evolved into one of the best pitchers in baseball, finishing second in AL Cy Young voting last season and leading the league with 277 strikeouts.
Once Darvish gets over the injury and returns to the mound, fans should expect the same type of dominant performances that have made him one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball.