The hits keep coming for the Texas Rangers, and not in a good way.
Ace Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to start Opening Day, has been scratched from that start. Darvish will fly back to Texas and meet with back/neck specialist Dr. Drew Dossett in Dallas.
Darvish was scratched from his last Cactus League start because of a stiff neck that he attributed to a bad night of sleep. He still had some discomfort during a throwing session Monday and that put his Opening Day status in doubt.
Darvish had problems with his lower back at the end of last season but was healthy when he reported to spring training.
The Darvish injury is just the latest in a long line of spring woes for the Rangers. Left-hander Derek Holland is out until around the All-Star break after an offseason accident involving his dog led to microfracture knee surgery.
Matt Harrison is also behind the other starting pitchers because a bad mattress in early spring led to a sore lower back for him. He’ll likely start the season on the disabled list.
And in the past week the club has lost projected Opening Day position starters Geovany Soto (knee) and Jurickson Profar (shoulder) for the next 10 to 12 weeks.
The Rangers are undecided on who will make the Opening Day start in Darvish’s place. The club has named only two other starters to the rotation — Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers. Perez would make sense for the opener as Scheppers is a converted reliever and has never made a start in the majors.