Rangers ace Yu Darvish Tommy John surgery went well Tuesday morning in Florida.
The club announced the surgery went well. Darvish tweeted in Japanese his thanks for fans’ well wishes.
“It went well. To all the people who had sent me power thank you very much!” his Tweet read.
Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure at Andrews Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
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Andrews replaced the ligament in Darvish’s elbow with the Palmaris tendon from his right forearm. Darvish will be reexamined on Wednesday. His arm will be in a sling for seven to 10 days and then wear a brace on his elbow.
He’s scheduled to begin rehab in the next few days and will return to the Rangers’ complex in Surprise. Darvish plans to rehab in Arlington once the regular season begins.
An MRI detected a tear in Darvish’s ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm after leaving his first spring training appearance after 12 pitches.
Darvish isn’t expected to be ready to return to the mound until April or May 2016.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760