Yu Darvish was supposed to pitch for the Texas Rangers yesterday, but the team pulled him because of a sore neck. Rather than send him out there and risk further injury, the Rangers decided to give Darvish an extra day off. The hope is that the extra day allows the neck to get better and no further issues develop.
According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the injury is not considered serious. Darvish even said he would have pitched through the soreness in the regular season. However, the Rangers saw no reason to send him out there during the spring.
“I felt a very mild strain in my neck and that caused stiffness,” Darvish said in a statement. “If this was a regular season game, I would start. However, since it is a spring training game, this is just precautionary on my part.”
Darvish had an impressive rookie season last year and is hoping to improve upon that success. After the Rangers paid an astronomical sum in posting fees and Darvish's actual contract, they got just about what they would have hoped out of the 26-year old righty.
Darvish went 16-9 with a 3.93 ERA last season. In Japan, Darvish was 76-28 with a 1.72 ERA in five seasons.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/18/4712090/rangers-notes-yu-darvish-scratched.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#storylink=cpy
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