Rangers’ Darvish takes another step in bid to return

Yu Darvish started the season on the DL and is eligible to return Saturday.


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ARLINGTON, Texas €“ Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish threw an 86-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in his bid to get back into the Texas rotation.

When that happens remains to be seen.

Darvish is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday but the club wants to wait and see how he feels Wednesday before moving forward with a plan for their ace.

The bullpen was more like a simulated game as Darvish took a break after throwing several pitches and Rangers special assistant Ivan Rodriguez stood in the batter’s box to give Darvish more of a game-like feel.

"All pitches were good, he looked very good, feels healthy," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "We’ll know more tomorrow and see how he recovers from that. So the next step would be wait until tomorrow."

The club is still undecided as to whether or not Darvish would need a rehab start before coming off the DL because of a stiff neck. He hasn’t faced hitters since March 16.