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Yu Darvish has been scratched from his scheduled spring training start Monday night for the Texas Rangers because of stiffness in his neck.
Darvish said in a statement that the move is ''just precautionary'' and that he would have made the start in the regular season.
The Japanese ace said he felt what he called a very mild strain in his neck during a workout Sunday that caused the stiffness.
''It's not a setback at all,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ''In the season, he would have pitched, and you wouldn't have known anything about it. But it doesn't make any sense if he's feeling something down here.''
In his first three appearances this spring for the Rangers, Darvish has allowed only one run with 10 strikeouts in 8 2-3 innings.
Derek Lowe, who agreed to a minor-league deal with Texas two weeks ago, was set to start in Darvish's spot against Kansas City.
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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,...
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish was scratched from his start because of a mild neck strain and Derek Lowe filled in with three scoreless innings, leading the Texas Rangers to an 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
The Rangers scratched Darvish, the Japanese star who won 16 games as a rookie, with what the club termed a "very minor" neck strain. Darvish...
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