Right-hander Yu Darvish was been scratched from his Tuesday start against the Minnesota Twins because of neck stiffness, but an MRI showed no significant damage..
The Texas Rangers gave a spot start to right-hander Scott Baker, who started Friday at Detroit and was moved to the bullpen to be the long-man.
General manager Jon Daniels said that Darvish woke up Tuesday morning with a stiff neck. The stiffness responded well to treatment, but not well enough for Darvish to start. He was scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI on Tuesday afternoon, and the results would be sent to spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett in Dallas.
Darvish also dealt with neck stiffness during spring training, and it forced him to the disabled list and to miss the Opening Day start. Darvish told the Rangers that this go-round is not as severe as the spring bout.
“He reported some improvement with the treatment,” Daniels said. “Given that it’s the second time we all agreed to make sure that’s all it is.”
Darvish’s next start is to be determined.