The Texas Rangers were quick to say that Yu Darvish ending up on the disabled list with fatigue of the trapezius muscle in his upper back was nothing to panic about. And if Darvish only misses one start, maybe they're right.
But the same folks who questioned Rangers manager Ron Washington's decision to allow Darvish to reach 130 pitches in a blowout game earlier this season have found their voice again. Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine doesn't think Darvish's soreness has anything to do with his previous outings.
"At this stage, it's not something we're really worried about," Levine told reporters Thursday. "We think it's probably a little bit more fatigue than anything. It will put him in the best position to hit the ground running in the second half."
But there's no denying the fact Darvish leads the majors in most pitches per start at 109.5. (Former Rangers starter C.J. Wilson is running a close second, by the way). It's not like Darvish has fallen apart since his 130-pitch ou...