Rangers expect Darvish to make Tuesday start
Texas right-hander Yu Darvish threw 39 pitches in a bullpen
session Sunday and is expected to make his next scheduled
Darvish was scratched from his start Thursday with right
quadriceps tightness. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday
that the Japanese rookie will take his turn in the rotation Tuesday
against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Darvish threw 30 pitches in the bullpen and took fielding
Sunday’s workout also included agility drills, and Darvish said
that he was physically fine afterward.
”It feels very good,” Darvish said through an interpreter.
”If I had made that start (Thursday), I think I was physically
able do so.”
Darvish originally felt discomfort last Tuesday. The Rangers
decided to skip the All-Star’s turn in the rotation as a
Darvish is 12-9 with a 4.51 ERA. He has 172 strikeouts, which
ranks fourth in the American League.
”I had the same physical preparation,” Darvish said. ”With my
delivery, I was able to do the same things.”
In addition to Darvish’s expected return, the Rangers reinstated
right-hander Koji Uehara (strained right lat) from the 15-day
disabled list on Sunday.
To make room for Uehara, the club optioned right-hander Tanner
Scheppers to Triple-A Round Rock.
Uehara, who has a 2.11 ERA in 20 games, last pitched June 9. He
made three rehab appearances in Round Rock before rejoining the
roster. Scheppers was 1-0 with a 4.56 ERA in 29 appearances.