Yu Darvish threw from the half-mound for the second time in three days Wednesday. He showed added zip in his 20 allotted pitches, including a few cut fastballs and changeups. He’ll increase to 25 pitches in his next session either Friday or Saturday.
“[He had] more life on the ball today,” Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said.
The increased velocity perked Darvish’s interest, too, which Brocail noticed had him pulling up at the end of his delivery to take a peek at his pitches.
“On a few of them he anticipated because he knew he was throwing harder and he wanted to see what the pitch was doing,” Brocail said. “I told him to quit cheating because I did the same thing when I came back from Tommy John. He wants to see what’s happening because he knows by hearing and he knows by feel that he was throwing hard.”
Bottom line, Brocail said, his biggest concern — Darvish’s delivery showing rust — has not been an issue early in the right-hander’s comeback.
“His delivery allows him so much more than other guy’s deliveries do because it’s the exact same every pitch,” he said. “As a coach, that’s my biggest concern, is he going to be out of whack? No, Yu Darvish is not out of whack so it’s obviously going to come quicker … with a timetable.”