Yu Darvish Injury: Updates on Rangers Pitcher's Neck and Return

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

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Updates from Friday, May 30

Star Telegram reporter Drew Davison has the latest on Darvish:

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:

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:

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the MRI results: 

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

Richard Durrett of ESPN provides an update on Yu Darvish's return:

Updates from Tuesday, April 1

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Yu Darvish's recovery:

Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along more details on Darvish's return:

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:

Updates from Friday, March 28

Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jeff Wilson has an update on Darvish:

Updates from Wednesday, March 26

Drew Davidson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Yu Darvish's injured neck:

Updates from Tuesday, March 25

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Yu Darvish:

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):

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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.