Yu Darvish arrives at Rangers camp

Yu Darvish arrived at the Texas Rangers’ spring training complex

Tuesday and had his first bullpen session with his new team.

Darvish got to camp in Surprise, Ariz., a day before the

reporting date for Texas pitchers and catchers.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Darvish threw about 35


”He kept the ball down and hit his spots,” Washington said.

”He can sink it, he can run it. He’s definitely got a good feel

for the baseball, he’s a power pitcher with finesse stuff.”

The AL champion Rangers committed more than $107 million to

acquire Japan’s top pitcher. The 25-year-old Darvish got a six-year

contract guaranteeing him $56 million, and Texas had to pay a

record $51,703,411 posting bid to his former team, the Hokkaido

Nippon Ham Fighters.

The first official workout is Thursday, and the Rangers said

Darvish isn’t expected to talk to reporters until then. He didn’t

talk to the media when walking from the parking lot to the

clubhouse Tuesday, or when coming off the field.

The team’s clubhouse and practice fields are closed to the media

until Thursday.

A two-time Pacific League MVP, the 6-foot-5 Darvish had a 93-38

record with a 1.99 ERA in 167 games the past seven years.

”He’s a Japanese pitcher with a power arm,” Washington said.

”He doesn’t rely on deception like most of the Japanese