Right-hander Yu Darvish played catch late Thursday morning without any tightness in his shoulder, and his next step is to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session Friday before the Texas Rangers named him their starting pitcher Monday.
Darvish left his start Wednesday after five innings and 76 pitches after feeling discomfort in the fourth inning. He shook his arm after throwing a 63-mph curveball to strike out George Springer in the fifth and was visited at the mound after walking the next Houston Astros batter, Jose Altuve.
Darvish remained in the game for the final out of the fifth, but was replaced by Shawn Tolleson to start the sixth. Afterward, Darvish said that he was planning to make his next start, Monday at Oakland.
“When these guys are confident and they start saying things like that, I’m sure they feel pretty good,” manager Jeff Banister said.
As of first pitch Thursday the Rangers did not have any new information on third baseman Adrian Beltre, who left in the eighth inning Wednesday with tightness in his left hamstring.
Beltre was running to second on a Prince Fielder single when his leg appeared to buckle just before he reached the bag. Time was called for a pitching change, and Beltre walked directly to the Rangers’ dugout.
He was undergoing tests Thursday morning and wasn’t at Globe Life Park during media clubhouse availability.
Jurickson Profar started at third base on what originally scheduled to be an off day for Beltre. But with him unavailable, the Rangers activated catcher Robinson Chirinos from the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Luke Jackson to Triple A Round Rock.