Rangers will try to keep Yu Darvish below 130 pitches

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Good news could be found Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field as Yu Darvish emerged from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse with his right arm still functioning.

The right-hander threw a career-high 127 pitches Sunday while striking out 14 Boston Red Sox and receiving a no-decision in the Rangers’ eventual 4-3 victory.

The pitch total was the highest in the majors so far this season and were the most by a Rangers pitchers since C.J. Wilson threw 129 on June 6, 2011, at New York.

Johan Santana threw a 2012-high 134 during his June 1 no-hitter, and Darvish’s 127 would have tied him for seventh-most.

Darvish isn’t going to get a chance to throw that many, manager Ron Washington said.

“He’s never going to be at 140 here,” he said. “I really feel that 130 is it.”

Darvish never gave Washington an indication that he was tiring Sunday. After each inning Darvish would tell Washington, “I feel good,” and campaign to keep going.

“Throughout the game he was telling me he was as strong as a bull,” Washington said. “He knows sometimes he goes out there and throws a lot of pitches, and he always comes to me and says, ‘Don’t look at the pitch count.’”

Darvish will have an extra day’s rest before his next start, Saturday at Houston, which also factored into Washington’s decision to let him work the seventh inning Sunday.

Grimm a hit?

Among the goals Justin Grimm has set for himself in his fifth start Tuesday is to be more aggressive early in the count to avoid getting into the early-inning trouble he encountered Thursday against the White Sox.

But he also had another goal — to get his bunts down and to not make himself look like a fool as he hits in a game for the first time since his senior year of high school.

“It’s going to be interesting,” he said. “I could put the bat on the ball. Hopefully, I can get my bunts down.”

Grimm, who was the American League Rookie of the Month for April, has been a hit since replacing Matt Harrison in the rotation, but his time with the Rangers could be coming to an end.

Fellow right-hander Colby Lewis (torn flexor tendon) is assured of a rotation spot once he is declared ready after a rehab assignment. Left-hander Martin Perez (broken forearm) made his rehab debut Monday for Double A Frisco, allowing a run on five hits in four innings.

Perez, though, isn’t guaranteed a spot in the Rangers’ rotation once he’s cleared.

“It’s a possibility,” Ron Washington said. “His job is to go get ready. When he’s ready, we’ll make a decision.”

Murphy back, Pierzynski sits

David Murphy started a game for the first time this month after dealing with the stomach flu over the weekend.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m 100 percent, but I’m not throwing up anymore,” said Murphy, while drinking a bottle of water.

He entered Sunday’s game late and singled in his only at-bat to lift his average to .177. Scott Feldman was the first of three straight righties scheduled to face the Rangers, who had faced a left-hander in five of their past six games.

Murphy has lost playing time to the right-handed-hitting Jeff Baker against lefties.

A.J. Pierzynski was rested Monday after catching four straight games, not because he struck out four times against Boston. Geovany Soto started against the Cubs, his first action against his old team.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson

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