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Yu Darvish will be skipped from his final first-half start

Jul 4, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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T.R. Sullivan of provides the scoop:

The Rangers have decided to not pitch Yu Darvish until after the All-Star break.

The Rangers have decided that Martin Perez will pitch on Friday and Derek Holland will pitch on Saturday against the Twins. Holland will be activated off the disabled list. The Rangers haven’t decided their second half rotation yet.

It’s not a health thing nor an endurance thing — Darvish threw over 230 innings last year in Japan.

It’s just a little extra rest for a guy who commanded a total commitment of $112 million this past winter.

Darvish has posted a cool 3.59 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through the first 16 starts of his major league career, fanning 117 batters and walking 53 in 102 2/3 innings.  The 25-year-old native of Japan has all the weapons to be great, and the Rangers have to be pleased with their investment thus far. He is currently leading the American League All-Star team’s “Final Vote” balloting. David Freese is tops in the National League.

  1. mjay424 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    The walks allowed are too high but Yu Darvish looks the part, pitches the part and is a strong bet to deliver ongoing and greater value to the Rangers.

    Colorado Rockies’ Prospects Report
    and Rockies’ Analyst Magazine

  2. randygnyc - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    This reeks of Ron Washington manipulating Darvish so he can pitch in the all star game. We will see on Tuesday.

    • angrycorgi - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:43 AM

      Typical nonsense comment from a typical yankee shill.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      “This reeks of Ron Washington manipulating Darvish so he can pitch in the all star game.”

    • spudatx - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      I’m not sure Washington cares half as much as Selig does. Having Yu ‘earn’ the starting position on the MLB AL All-Star in his first year will only help further the excitement back in Japan. Selig knows that will translate quickly into dollar signs for the league.

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