Darvish cleared to throw http://t.co/QnL94NPflP
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) November 25, 2014
MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that Darvish has received clearance from Dr. Keith Meister after an MRI earlier this week revealed that the inflammation has subsided. Darvish had the MRI and other physical evaluation this past Tuesday, and Meister declared him ready to resume throwing in early December.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine discussed his delight in knowing that his team will have its ace in uniform when Spring Training begins in February. Sullivan included a statement from Levine in his report. Said Levine,
"We're going to get a chance to really monitor his progress. He seems really dedicated to come into Spring Training with no issues and be ready for the 2015 campaign. This is a really positive day for the Rangers to be able to check Darvish off our list with the expectation that he will be at full strength in 2015."Sullivan also indicated that Darvish has already resumed conditioning.
Darvish last pitched on August 9, lasting just four innings and allowing five earned runs (six total) to the Houston Astros in an un-Darvish-like performance. He finished the season with a record of 10-7 and a 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a career-low 3.2 WAR in 22 starts for the last-place Rangers. He struck out 182 hitters in just 144 1/3 innings.
The inflammation that forced the 60-day DL stint was the first significant injury of his Major-League career. Darvish spent two stints on the 15-day DL, one in 2013 and one to begin this past season. However, each was more for precautionary reasons to rest minor ailments, and each lasted the bare minimum amount of time.
In his three years with the Rangers, Darvish is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 4.3 average WAR. He has made the A.L. All-Star team each year, and he has three years and $31 million left on his contract -- two years guaranteed plus a vesting option for 2017.
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