SEATTLE Even if the mild inflammation in the right elbow of Yu Darvish clears out in the next two weeks, the chances are slim that he pitches again this season.
There likely won’t be enough time left this season to get him ready.
The Rangers have 32 games remaining after playing Seattle on Monday night at Safeco Field. It is unlikely that Darvish will begin throwing while the Rangers are on their 10-game, three-city road trip.
Once he is cleared to resume throwing, he would need to complete a throwing program to rebuild arm strength, and likely a simulated game or even an outing in the instructional league before returning to the Rangers’ rotation.
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All of that work takes weeks to complete.
“Once a guy’s down for three weeks or four weeks, you’re not just going out there into a big-league game,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “The calendar is working against us in that regard.”
But the Rangers haven’t ruled out a Darvish return, Daniels said. Darvish is rehabbing in Texas and could see Dr. Keith Meister before the road trip ends Sept. 3. The risk of further injury that could bleed into 2015 will be the determining factor.
“I want to finish strong. Nobody wants to lose, and we’re better when he’s out there,” Daniels said. “We’re trying to take a step back and have some perspective. Shame on me if this lingers into 2015. That’s the way I’m looking at it right now.”