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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Yu Darvish following typical offseason regime 'without issue'

By on 11/11/2014 06:30:00 PM

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had his season end early due to inflammation in his right elbow, but all looks fine so far for him to have a normal offseason program. Rangers beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram announced via Twitter that Darvish has had no issues and plans to resume throwing in December as he normally does every offseason.

Wilson also announced that Darvish will have an MRI performed on November 20 to help determine the progress in his arm.

Darvish last pitched on August 9 and lasted only four innings because of the soreness. With the Rangers well out of the race, they put him on the 60-day disabled list the next day. This injury is the first significant one of Darvish's Major League career that began in 2012 after coming over from Japan. He served a minimal DL stint with a sore neck just as the 2014 season began, but that problem healed fast. He also spent 15 days on the DL in mid-2013, his best season so far, with a mild back strain.

Darvish made himself an ace as soon as he put on a Rangers uniform. In three seasons, he is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 680 strikeouts, 3.17 FIP, and 4.3 average WAR. He has also made three A.L. All-Star teams.

With the myriad of injuries that ruined the Rangers' season even before it started, the Rangers and their fans will gladly see Darvish report to Spring Training on time and healthy. They may also see slugging first baseman Prince Fielder as well. The Rangers activated Fielder from the 60-day disabled list just a few days ago. The Rangers hope to put a dreadful injury-plagued 2014 behind them and get back into contention in 2015.

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