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11 Yu Darvish SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/216 | Birthdate: 8/16/1986 | Birthplace: Habikino, Osaka, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/94 | Average Draft Position: 13.07
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Cut on thumb continues to be non-issue for Yu Darvish


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish had an issue with a cut on his right thumb for the second straight start Wednesday against the Mariners. However, manager Ron Washington said it's not an issue, per MLB.com.

Darvish has posted a 1.20 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in his last two starts. He has 17 strikeouts to three walks in 15 innings in those starts.


Yu Darvish posts quality start in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was finally scored upon by the opposition Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out eight in his team's 3-2 win over the Mariners.

Darvish entered play Wednesday having thrown 15 scoreless innings in his two starts, and he extended the streak to 16 before giving up two runs in the second inning. He locked down after that, but the Rangers offense could get nothing going against Felix Hernandez. However, he avoided taking the loss when the Rangers won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Darvish owns a 0.82 ERA and 23:4 K:BB ratio in 22 innings. He's on track to take on the A's Monday.


Yu Darvish says cut thumb isn't issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish sustained a cut on his right thumb in his last start, but he doesn't see it as an issue heading into Wednesday's scheduled start against the Mariners, FOXSports.com reports.

"Even when I was throwing it didn't hurt me," Darvish said. "I've done this so many teams that probably the nerve isn't working anymore so it didn't hurt me at all."

Darvish was bleeding visibly in Friday's start after cutting his thumb with his index finger. He's pitched 15 scoreless innings over two starts while striking out 15 and walking two.


Rangers align rotation for start of Mariners series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) The Rangers are expected to have Colby Lewis pitch Monday against the Mariners, as long as Sunday's game against the Astros isn't rained out, per MLB.com.

Robbie Ross is slated to pitch Tuesday, with Yu Darvish pitching Wednesday opposite Felix Hernandez.


Yu Darvish puts on a clinic against Astros, settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a perfect game bid ruined in the sixth inning against the Astros on Friday, and failed to factor into the decision.

Matt Dominguez broke up his perfect game bid with a leadoff single in the sixth, the only hit allowed on the night by Darvish. The right-hander surrendered only one hit and one walk while striking out nine over eight scoreless innings pitched.

Darvish has not permitted a run over his first 15 innings pitched. He'll look to extend his scoreless streak on Wednesday at home against Seattle.


Texas realigns rotation heading into Houston series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) The Rangers are delaying starting pitcher Colby Lewis' return to the rotation by a few days, so the team realigned its rotation plans for a weekend series vs. Houston.

Yu Darvish will start the series opener Friday, and he will be followed by Tanner Scheppers Saturday and Martin Perez Sunday. 

The delay in Lewis' return doesn't have to do with his surgically repaired hip. The Rangers are waiting to see if third baseman Adrian Beltre (quadriceps) will need a trip to the disabled list. If Beltre goes on the DL, then the team will have a roster spot for Lewis. If he doesn't, then the Rangers will have to make another move to get him on the roster.

Therefore, Lewis and Robbie Ross are expected to start the first two games of the Seattle series, which starts Monday. The alignment depends on when the Rangers decide to make a roster move.


Yu Darvish to start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is set to start Friday against the Astros. 

Darvish was initially expected to start Thursday, but the team wants to keep him on normal rest. Darvish tossed seven scoreless innings in his first start of the year. His debut was delayed due to a neck injury.


Yu Darvish wins in season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish came off the disabled list Sunday to make his first start of the season, but it was hard to tell he was even hurt with the way he pitched against the Rays. Darvish tossed seven scoreless innings during a 3-0 win.

Darvish (1-0), who missed his opening day start with a neck injury, allowed seven hits and one walk, while striking out six.

He got off to a great start Sunday, striking out the first two batters he faced. The two strikeouts set an MLB record for fastest to 500 in his career. He needed just 401 2/3 innings, passing Kerry Wood.

Darvish will go for his 31st career win when he makes his second start Saturday vs. Houston. He was 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts against the Astros last season.


Yu Darvish activated for start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish was activated off the 15-day disabled list prior to making his first start of the season Sunday against the Rays. Darvish missed his opening day start due to a neck injury.

Yu Darvish ready to roll for Sunday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Rangers ace Yu Darvish has made a rapid recovery from a neck ailment and will return to the rotation Sunday against Tampa Bay. He is slated to match pitches with Alex Cobb.

Darvish set the table for his quick comeback Tuesday with a long bullpen session, after which he reported to pain.

The Rangers will certainly welcome his presence on the mound. They have been plagued by injuries to their starters.


Yu Darvish throws 86 pitches in bullpen session Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish threw a rigorous 86-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and encountered no issues with his neck, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"I thought it was so-so," Darvish said. "But I think I can throw in a game. The other day, it was really good. Today my command wasn’t as good. But I had strength and I was able to throw without any problems."

After seeing how Darvish feels Wednesday, the team will make a decision on whether he'll be able to return to the rotation immediately or take some more time getting healthy. He could be tabbed to start Sunday against the Rays.


Yu Darvish might not need rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said starting pitcher Yu Darvish (neck) might not need a rehab assignment before coming off the 15-day disabled list, according to ESPN. Though, the decision hasn't been made yet.

Yu Darvish feels good after 32-pitch bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury, threw a 32-pitch bullpen session Sunday. He felt good and reported no physical issues, so Darvish will take Monday off and resume throwing Tuesday.

Rangers place four on disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) As expected, the Rangers have placed pitcher Yu Darvish (neck), second baseman Jurickson Profar (shoulder), catcher Geovany Soto (leg) and pitcher Matt Harrison (back) all the disabled list, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soto was the only player placed on the 60-day DL.

Yu Darvish able to play long toss Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was able to play long toss Saturday, according to the Star-Telegram.

Darvish also threw 30 pitches off flat ground and had no issues. He plans to go through a similar routine Sunday. Darvish is attempting to come back from a neck injury.


Yu Darvish to play catch Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Rangers starter Yu Darvish (neck) will not travel with the team to San Antonio for their upcoming exhibition games. He'll travel to Arlington to play catch on Saturday and then throw off flat ground in front of pitching coach Mike Maddux, ESPN Dallas reports.

"Then we'll put together a plan from there," manager Ron Washington said.

Rangers three key starters expected back by end of April


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Starting pitchers Colby Lewis (hip), Yu Darvish (back) and Matt Harrison (back) will all return in that order to the Rangers rotation by April 23, the Dallas Morning News has predicted.

Lewis and Harrison both missed the entire 2013 season with their injuries.

Texas needs quick recoveries from all three. Its opening day starter is Tanner Scheppers, who will be making his major league debut as a starter in that game.


Report: Yu Darvish has no structural damage to back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Rangers ace Yu Darvish received a positive diagnosis on his back after being examined Wednesday by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, per MLB.com. He has no structural damage and can resume throwing Saturday.

Upon his return to camp, the team will devise a schedule that will allow him to return to the rotation. He has been ruled out for opening day.

The sigh of relief can be heard all the way from Arlington. Darvish emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the game in 2013. He compiled a 13-9 record with a 2.83 ERA, but more impressive was his 277 strikeouts in 209 2/3 innings.

It remains to be seen, however, if his back issues persist or prevent him from maximizing his effectiveness.


Yu Darvish scratched from opening day start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has been scratched from his opening day start, according to the Dallas Morning News

Darvish will be sent for an examination on his back. He's expected to have a MRI Wednesday. Darvish was initially diagnosed with a stiff neck, but this issue sounds a bit more serious. Darvish will meet with the same doctor who performed Matt Harrison's surgeries last season. As of right now, Darvish has only been scratched from his opening day start. The team will likely determine the severity of his injury once the results from the MRI come back.


It's unclear whether Yu Darvish will throw Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) It's unclear whether Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will throw in a minor-league game Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Darvish was able to play catch Monday, and said he had improved. He stressed that he was not 100 percent, however. Darvish was expected to throw in a minor-league game Tuesday, but pitching coach Mike Maddux did not provide any information about Darvish's schedule. There's still a chance the appearance happens, but it seems unclear at this time. Darvish has been dealing with a neck issue, which could push him back in the rotation to start the season.


Yu Darvish's status for opener remains up in the air


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish was able to play catch Monday despite a stiff neck, per MLB.com. However, the Rangers aren't sure when Darvish will throw off a mound next, putting his status for opening day in question.

General manager Jon Daniels said the team might not be opposed to pushing Darvish back in the rotation.


Rangers to go to 'contingency plan' if Yu Darvish isn't ready


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish said Sunday he's not ready to throw a baseball two days after being scratched from his scheduled spring start due to a stiff neck. 

Manager Ron Washington said Sunday there is the possibility Darvish could throw a bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday before the Rangers leave Arizona. He could then throw one tuneup inning during the two-game exhibition series with Houston in San Antonio Friday and Saturday.

"I think we’ve got to wait and see how this issue progresses," Washington said, per The Dallas Morning News. "If not, we’ll go to a contingency plan. But I don’t want to say what that is yet."


Yu Darvish scratched Friday, but still OK for opening day


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Rangers ace Yu Darvish has been scratched from his start in a minor league game Friday with a stiff neck. It is not considered serious and the team still expects him to pitch its season opener, per mlblogs.com, which is further reporting that the problem is unrelated to the back issues Darvish had at the end of last year.

Yu Darvish can't make it past fifth inning vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish couldn't make it past the fifth inning Sunday against the White Sox in Cactus League action.

Darvish surrendered two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings pitched. He has allowed six runs over his first 14 2/3 innings pitched this spring.

Yu Darvish surrenders two runs in five innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish allowed two earned runs on five hits in five innings while striking out one in his team's 8-2 win over the Reds Monday.

Darvish had allowed two runs in five innings this spring entering Monday's game and matched those totals while moving to 2-0. He has managed just one strikeout over eight innings in his last two starts.