Right-hander Yu Darvish has returned to the disabled list, though this time he isn’t expected to be out of the Texas Rangers’ starting rotation for an extended period.
He hit the 15-day DL on Monday, retroactive to Thursday, with continued discomfort in his right shoulder, but MRI exams of his neck and his shoulder showed no structural damage.
General manager Jon Daniels said that because there was nothing on the MRIs, which is encouraging, team physician Dr. Keith Meister was unable to prescribe how long Darvish will be out or how long he should sit out before resuming baseball activities.
That will depend solely on how Darvish is feeling. As of Saturday, when the issues recurred, he doesn’t feel well enough to pitch.
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“There was no acute findings on either MRI, which is a good thing,” Daniels said. “That being said, Yu continues to have a level of discomfort in that area, so we’ve placed him on the DL to give him more time to recover.
“This is not that unusual for somebody coming back from a surgery to maybe have some discomfort in another area. We’re going to treat it cautiously, get that discomfort out of there are, and then get him back going again. All in all, it’s a good finding in that there’s no structural issue that we’re concerned about.”
Cesar Ramos started a late game Monday in place of Darvish, who had been scratched Saturday from his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Ramos is the favorite to continue filling in for Darvish, though Daniels said that matchups could dictate who pitches.
But that spot in the rotation comes back up only once more, on Saturday, before Darvish is eligible to return from the DL. He could start again as soon as June 24 against Boston following a June 23 off day.