Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish has mild inflammation in his right elbow and his status to return to the mound in 2014 is undetermined.
Darvish was put on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. MRI tests revealed no serious injury and his return to the team will be based on Darvish’s symptoms. When the soreness subsides, Darvish will resume throwing. The Rangers said there is no exact timeline on how much time he might miss. He’s expected to at least miss two starts, including Thursday night’s series finale with Tampa Bay.
Darvish said he is not too concerned by the setback. It’s his second time on the DL in 2014.
“I think I could’ve thrown if I wanted to today,” Darvish said. “I’m just taking a precautionary measure. No pain, just discomfort.”
The Rangers said Dr. Keith Meister said there is no indication that this a long-term problem.
Darvish, who said he had a similar issue before the 2011 season, doesn’t want to risk a more serious injury by forcing the issue.
“I don’t want to go out there and risk my future,” he said. “I don’t want my elbow to be aggravated so I think it’s a good decision I’m making right now.”
Darvish said fatigue he mentioned after a loss at Houston last week wasn’t a factor in the injury. He also said if the Rangers were in a playoff race he might be willing to force the issue.
“I think I could throw but if that’s going to risk my elbow for the future I’m not going to take the risk,” he said. “It’s a difficult question. I want to pitch and I think I could if I pushed myself.”
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