Rangers' Darvish remains on track in recovery from Tommy John surgery
After missing the entire 2015 season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, Yu Darvish will play an integral role in the Texas Rangers' success in 2016.
As the Rangers search for another starting pitcher to add to their rotation for the coming season, they are well aware that the fate of their 2016 season will rely more on the health of the starters they have, particularly Darvish, who has been an All-Star in all three of his MLB seasons.
The 29-year-old right-hander is expected to be ready to take the hill about a month into the forthcoming season.
"I think we're looking at May," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We kind of circled May on the calendar. That's the best estimate we can give. It could be a little before or a little bit after."
In his three seasons with the Rangers, Darvish has posted a 39-25 record with a 3.27 ERA and 680 strikeouts against 218 walks in 545 1/3 innings.
Although he's not expected to be fully healthy by Opening Day, the Rangers report that Darvish's rehabilitation process has been going smoothly thus far.
"As far as his rehab, he's had no setbacks to this point," manager Jeff Banister said. "Yu has looked very good, he looks strong, the body looks extremely healthy. This is a special guy. It's not to say that other guys are not. They are. But we want to make sure that this guy is as healthy as he can be, go through the complete process, because we want this guy around for as long as we can have him."
Darvish is entering the fourth year of a six-year, $56-million contract that expires after the 2017 season.