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Rangers notes: Darvish feels good about rehab, team’s success

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish started a throwing program last week after recovering from Tommy John surgery the past five months.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish started a throwing program last week after recovering from Tommy John surgery the past five months. Star-Telegram

The Rangers’ success in 2015 hasn’t surprised Yu Darvish, especially considering the valuable pitchers the club has added.

Darvish, who talked to the media for the first time in a couple months before Tuesday’s game, began a throwing program last week after five months recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“I’m not amazed whatsoever,” Darvish said before the Rangers opened up a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rangers have a claim on the second wild-card at the moment. “We have a lot of great players. I see this team as a team that could win the championship so I’m not really surprised.”

Darvish and his wife recently had a baby so he hasn’t been at Globe Life Park for a while.

“But I watch the games at home and it seems every time I watch the game we win, so its been fun,” he said.

Darvish, who is noticeably bulkier in his arms, said he’s remained faithful to the recovery program the Rangers have him on.

“I don’t plan on pushing anything. I’m just going to follow the program,” he said. “It’s a little early to predict anything but I have no pain whatsoever so everything is going fine right now.”

Darvish is currently throwing 25 times from 60 feet three times a week. Next week, he’ll do two sets, followed by three sets the following week before increasing the distance to 75 feet.

“I’m doing it lightly,” he said. “If I’m [throwing] it too hard, they tell me to slow down.”

As for the added bulk? Darvish said he’s just trying to gain any edge he can while away from the mound.

“It’s kind of hard being Japanese and trying to compete with your natural abilities with the American players,” he said with a wink. “So I’m going to use this time to really train myself and build muscles.”

Martin having surgery

Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin will have surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right hand on Wednesday. He’d be able to return as a pinch-runner in about two weeks. He wouldn’t be able to hit or play the field full-time. Martin has been on the disabled list with Triple A Round Rock since

Profar joins Hickory

Jurickson Profar has joined Low A Hickory and could begin a rehab assignment as a designated hitter in the next few days. Profar had surgery on February 23 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He joins his younger brother Juremi who has been with the Crawdads since late June.

Thursday ticket offer

The Rangers are offering a ticket special for the 1:05 p.m. Thursday game against the Blue Jays. The Push for the Postseason Four-Pack includes four tickets for $28 in the Lexus Club Terrace, Upper Box, Upper Reserved or Grandstand Reserved seating sections. Additional tickets can be added for $7. Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com using the coupon code POSTSEASON, or by calling 972-726-4377 or at the Globe Life Park box office. Also, 16 ounce sodas and ice cream/frozen treats will be $2 each during Thursday’s game.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST