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Rangers pull Darvish after fifth-inning shoulder scare

Yu Darvish not too worried about shoulder tightness

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish said that he expects to play catch Thursday despite leaving Wednesday's game with shoulder tightness (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish said that he expects to play catch Thursday despite leaving Wednesday's game with shoulder tightness (video by Jeff Wilson).

Yu Darvish was lifted from his third start since Tommy John surgery Wednesday after five innings and only 76 pitches because of shoulder tightness during his final inning.

The team said that Darvish was removed as a precaution and that an initial exam by Dr. Keith Meister showed no issues. Darvish was working on a limit of 95 pitches.

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish allowed one run in five inning before feeling some shoulder tightness (video by Jeff Wilson).

TV replays showed Darvish shaking his right arm after throwing a 63-mph curveball to strike out George Springer. After a walk to Jose Altuve, athletic trainer Kevin Harmon, pitching coach Doug Brocail and interpreter Hide Sato went to the mound.

Darvish threw a few warm-up pitches, stayed in the game and retired Carlos Correa on a deep drive to right field. Shawn Tolleson replaced Darvish to start the sixth.

Darvish allowed one run, on a leadoff homer by Springer, on three hits and four walks. He struck out seven.

Manager Jeff Banister said that the Rangers will know more Thursday about the injuries Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish experienced Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

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