BALTIMORE No one can say right-hander Yu Darvish hasn’t been paying attention to what has happened thus far at Camden Yards.
“I know there are a lot of home runs in this ballpark,” he said.
Darvish will be making his Camden debut Thursday, weather permitting. He’s enters with All-Star credentials, and it seems like he is the only Rangers starter who gives them a chance to win each time out.
But he knows he can only do so much.
“I can only pitch once every five days, so there is no burden on my shoulders,” Darvish said. “I just have to do my job on the day that I start.”
For Darvish, who is 8-4 with 2.42 ERA, that means going deep in games, something Rangers starters haven’t done against a lineup that features former slugging teammate Nelson Cruz.
“I look forward to facing him,” Darivsh said. “I look forward to facing really good hitters.”
Should an approaching system, not to mention Tropical Storm Arthur, force postponement of the series finale, Darvish would likely start Friday in the opener against the New York Mets.
Soto on the go
Catcher Geovany Soto said that he will catch five innings Friday for Triple A Round Rock in the first game of a long-awaited rehab assignment after he had surgery on his left knee late in spring training.
“I’m super excited,” said Soto, who ran bases and did blocking drills Wednesday. “Hopefully, everything goes well. I’m motivated and ready to play baseball.”
His assignment will span Round Rock and Double A Frisco during the Triple A All-Star break. Soto plans to join the Rangers on July 18 for their first game after the All-Star break.
Jim Sundberg, a member of the Rangers’ Hall of Fame, will retire at the end of the season from his post as the club’s Senior Executive Vice President. Sundberg, who has been in that position since 2008, will continue to work on community and Rangers Foundation endeavors in a part-time basis.
The Rangers signed 16-year-old Dominican right-hander Jeffrey Nunez for $250,000 to open the July 2 international signing period. His fastball has been clocked as fast as the low 90s.
Right-hander Jon Edwards, who went to Keller High, has been promoted from Double A Frisco to Triple A Round Rock.
With his first pitch, Miles Mikolas became the 44th player used by the Rangers this season, joining the Angels for the most in the majors. He is the 24th pitcher used, which tied for second-most.