Yu Darvish seemed to leave the door open on Thursday that he may miss more than two starts after being placed on the disabled list.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington sounded more certain that his ace will be back on the mound when his 15-day DL stint for right elbow inflammation is complete.
“Nothing more has been discussed along any other lines,” said Washington, who spoke privately with Darvish on Thursday. “[There was] no indication from him that it’s going to be more than 15 days.”
Darvish said before Thursday’s game that he wasn’t too concerned about the injury. But he also sounded doubtful when asked whether he was confident he’ll pitch again in 2014.
“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. “I’m competitive and I want to to go out there and compete. But I’m also thinking about my long-term situation. I don’t want to go out there and risk my future. I think it’s a good decision I’m taking right now.”
Darvish won’t throw again until the discomfort subsides, the Rangers said.
When asked whether he’d be available right now if the Rangers were in a playoff race, Darvish paused before saying, “It’s a difficult question. I want to throw, I want to pitch. I think I could if I pushed myself.”
Washington was not pleased when asked about Darvish’s response to the playoff-race question and said he doesn’t want to jeopardize Darvish’s future either.
“We’re in a race to win ballgames. I expect Darvish to pitch on the 25th. Why wouldn’t he?” Washington said. “So he’s got inflammation. I’ve got inflammation.”
“[It’s] not me to answer for him,” Washington added. “I’m not predetermining nothing. Let’s just let the process work and see where it goes. It’s all I can do.”