Yu Darvish will make his first start with the Texas Rangers on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Globe Life Park, manager Jeff Banister confirmed Sunday morning.
It will be the first time the right-hander has pitched in a regular season game for the Rangers since Aug. 9, 2014. That season was cut short because of arm soreness and the following spring he had Tommy John surgery.
May 28 Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Globe Life Park is likely to be Yu Darvish’s first start for the Rangers.
Darvish is scheduled to make his fifth and final minor league rehab start at 4:05 today with Double A Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark. He is scheduled to throw six innings or 90 pitches.
Cole Hamels is pitching for the Rangers Sunday against the Astros. Hamels prefers to stay on a schedule of four-days rest which means Darvish will have five days before his return to Arlington.
“If everything goes good with Darvish, at the earliest would be Saturday,” Banister said. “He’s got to come out of it, get to where we need him to get to and feel good.”
Yu Darvish last pitched a regular season game for the Rangers on Aug. 9, 2014. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in four innings.
Darvish threw 68 pitches in his last rehab start Tuesday in Midland. Banister said hitting the 90-pitch mark isn’t essential, as long as Darvish feels good after Sunday’s start.