Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16
TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports on the next step for Yu Darvish as he rehabs his elbow injury:
Yu Darvish has not been cleared to throw and is not expected to resume throwing before he returns home at the end of the season.— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) September 16, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Sept. 6
MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports bad news for Darvish:
Darvish shut down for year...won't pitch again— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) September 6, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
GM Jon Daniels commented Yu Darvish's status for the remainder of the season via Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News: "But time-wise, we are in the same place. The calendar is working against us. We’re going to make a common-sense decision. We are leaning towards not taking any chances."
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Evan Grant of DallasNews.com reported on Yu Darvish and the possibility of him returning after talking to general manager Jon Daniels:
“With everything else we’ve dealt with and how important he is, we’ve said once he’s completely asymptomatic and the doctor clears him, we’d get another scan and then if everything is clear, we’d get him back pitching,” Daniels said. “By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don’t know that it will allow him to pitch again.
“I think it’s critical going into next year for us to put all these injury issues and concerns behind us as we possibly can,” Daniels added. “It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there.”
Daniels did say the club has not definitely ruled out a Darvish return. With barely a month left in the season, though, it seems more and more unlikely. The rehab plan mentioned by Daniels might not get Darvish on a mound for another 10 days to two weeks. Darvish is not on the current 10-game road trip to Seattle, Houston and Kansas City that begins on Monday night. He is getting treatment in Arlington and, according to Daniels, showing signs of improvement.
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News has an update on Darvish:
Yu Darvish may have hemmed and hawed a little bit about his immediate pitching future on Thursday in discussing his placement on the disabled list, but manager Ron Washington had little in the way of doubts.
“It’s our intention he will pitch again,” Washington said about Darvish’s season. “I expect him to pitch for us on [August] the 25th. I have no indication that it would be more than 15 days. Let’s let the process work and see where it goes.”
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News has the latest update on Yu Darvish:
Darvish is slated to undergo and MRI on Thursday, but initial exams by team medical director Dr. Keith Meister indicated the injury did not involve the ulnar collateral ligament, the ligament that is involved in Tommy John surgery. General manager Jon Daniels described the injury as “pronator tendinitis.”
“The [ligament] was our first question, but Dr. Meister didn’t feel that was involved,” Daniels said. “Yu said, if we were maybe in a different spot playing a meaningful game, he might be able to pitch. But we all agreed that with the year we’ve had with injuries, we’re not going to push anything.”
Daniels added that the Rangers are hopeful Darvish will simply miss two starts.
Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram briefly spoke with Darvish about how he was feeling:
Darvish: "Not too concerned. I think I could’ve thrown if I wanted to today. I’m just taking a precautionary measure."— Stefan Stevenson (@StevensonFWST) August 15, 2014
The Texas Rangers' season just keeps getting worse. On Wednesday, the team placed star pitcher Yu Darvish on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
The team's official Twitter feed confirmed the move, noting Robbie Ross will start in his place:
Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News provided further details from general manager Jon Daniels:
Jon Daniels: Do not believe the ligament is involved in Yu Darvish injury; will have MRI tomorrow. Hopeful he misses only 2 starts.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 13, 2014
Darvish lasted just four innings in a start against the Houston Astros Saturday, allowing nine hits, four walks and six runs (five earned). He chalked it up to nothing more than a poor outing where he didn't have great stuff, via ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins:
Yu Darvish: "As far as today’s outing, I'm accountable for what happened, I just didn’t have a good start."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 10, 2014
He didn't begin to feel pain until Monday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson:
Yu Darvish said he felt tightness Monday while playing catch, not during his start Saturday. It hasn't dissipated.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) August 13, 2014
After finishing second in Cy Young voting in 2013, the 27-year-old has endured a roller-coaster campaign this year. He has seven starts where he has allowed four or more earned runs, but also 13 where he's given up two or fewer.
Overall, he still boasts a 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 182 strikeouts in just 144.1 innings.
As Fox Sports' Jon Morosi noted, this is just more of the same for the 2014 Rangers:
Yu Darvish placed on disabled list with right elbow inflammation, as Rangers' historic season of injuries trudges forward.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 13, 2014
Darvish joins Prince Fielder, Jurickson Profar, Martin Perez, Mitch Moreland, Alexi Ogando, Matt Harrison, Kevin Kouzmanoff and several others who have taken trips to the DL, as Texas sits at 47-72 with the second-worst record in baseball.
With nothing to play for, don't expect the Rangers to rush back their star, especially with this being an injury to the ever-frightening elbow.
Ross, who will take his spot in the rotation, owns a 5.61 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. That's good news for the Tampa Bay Rays.