Darvish placed on 15-day DL

The Texas Rangers are confident pitcher Yu Darvish won’t be

sidelined for long with a strained upper back.

Darvish was formally placed on the 15-day disabled list

Thursday. The move is retroactive to July 7.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Darivsh was

examined by the team orthopedist, Dr. Keith Meister. According to

Levine, Meister said the injury ”was probably just a little bit of

arm fatigue.”

Levine says Darvish should return to the rotation after the

All-Star break.

In other moves, the Rangers optioned right-hander Josh Lindblom

to Triple-A Round Rock and recalled pitchers Joseph Ortiz and

Wilmer Font from the same minor league club.

Ortiz (2-1, 5.08 ERA) was with the Rangers twice earlier this

season.

Font will be making his first appearance with Texas this

year.