The Texas Rangers received good news on the MRI on the right elbow of ace Yu Darvish on Thursday.
That good news doesn’t mean Darvish is returning anytime soon, though.
The MRI revealed mild right elbow inflammation. Darvish, who went on the disabled list Wednesday, will begin throwing again once he no longer has discomfort in the arm.
However, there are no guarantees that will be this season.
"I think I could throw but if that’s going to risk my elbow for the future I’m not going to take the risk," Darvish said.
Darvish said he doesn’t have any pain in the elbow and said it was more discomfort. He had something similar before the start of the 2011 season, which was his last year pitching in Japan, but that was more severe.
While Darvish said he believes he could have made his start Thursday, he also realizes his importance to a team that’s 26 games out of first place in the American League West.
"I’m competitive," Darvish said. "I want to go out there and compete. I’m also thinking about a long-term situation. I don’t want to go out there and risk my future. I don’t want my elbow to be aggravated. I think it’s a good decision I’m making right now."
Darvish labored in his last start in Houston, pitching just four innings. While he said the grind of pitching in the majors is tougher than pitching in Japan, he didn’t point to that as a reason for his elbow inflammation.
"I don’t think this injury was caused by my fatigue," he said.
For the season, Darvish is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 22 starts (144 1/3 innings).