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

start.

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

practice Saturday.

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

precaution.

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.