Yu Darvish threw 46 pitches over three innings Wednesday in a simulated game and will need at least one more outing before the Texas Rangers consider activating him from the disabled list.
Pitching coach Doug Brocail said that Darvish will either throw another simulated game or a rehab outing next, depending on how the right-hander feels Thursday. Darvish has been on the disabled list since June 13, retroactive to June 9, because of shoulder tightness following his third start of the season, and he isn’t likely to come off the DL until after the All-Star break.
Darvish missed all of 2015 and the first two months of this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in March 2015.
“He’s healthy. That’s the main thing, that he’s healthy,” Brocail said. “I’m not going to talk about moving forward because the most important day wasn’t today. It’s tomorrow, seeing how he feels. If he feels good, then we can sit down and see what he wants.”
Brocail said that Darvish was feeling out his new mechanics in the first inning but started to unwind a little more over the final two. Infielder Jurickson Profar connected for a home run to the right field, but otherwise Darvish wasn’t hit hard.
“He looked great,” said Bryan Holaday, who caught all three innings. “He threw the ball well. He was spinning the ball really good. It was coming out of his hand really good, especially those last couple time.”