Yu Darvish has no intentions to try and pitch on one days’ rest if he’s selected to the American League All-Star team for a third consecutive year.
If the Rangers’ rotation holds, Darvish is in line to pitch the Sunday, July 13, before the All-Star break and shook his head to emphasize his point.
“If I were to get selected, I think I’m going to go sightseeing,” Darvish said, drawing a few laughs from reporters gathered around Thursday afternoon.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, so maybe Darvish is already planning a trip to the Mall of America. Pitchers who throw on the Sunday before have the option of either pitching in the game or sitting out and being replaced by a fresh arm.
Either way, Darvish appears to have strong credentials to be selected again. He is 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA with 118 strikeouts over his first 14 starts, including a complete-game shutout.
Darvish has gone to the mid-summer classic his first two seasons, but has yet to pitch. He won the final vote as a rookie and served as the “last man” on that team, and was on the disabled list during last year’s game.