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Yu Darvish on track to start Sunday against Angels

Sep 27, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a stiff neck, but the Rangers won’t be without him for long.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Rangers officials said Darvish’s neck felt better after a long-toss session earlier today. He’s currently scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow, which sets up a potential return this Sunday against Zack Greinke and the Angels. That should be a doozy of a matchup.

Darvish has compiled a 3.90 ERA through 28 starts in his first year stateside and currently ranks fourth in the American League with 214 strikeouts in 184 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old right-hander has logged seven straight quality starts and has a 1.46 ERA and a 42/8 K/BB ratio over his last five outings. Assuming he feels good enough to make the start Sunday, he’ll be in line to start Game 1 of the postseason.

  1. spytdi - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Good to hear, although I’d save him for the A’s.

    • pw38 - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Won’t matter. Unless the Rangers just tank against the Angels (and it’s always possible) they will have the division wrapped up by the time they visit Oakland. Washington is making moves for setting up his rotation for the ALDS. I don’t seriously believe for a minute that Darvish couldn’t have started the other day. Then again it’s a gamble because the A’s could have easily taken three of four but even then he could have been used on short rest for both the Angels and A’s series if need be and still be ready for the ALDS. It’d be a bit of a stretch but the team seems to be pretty confident they will have the division wrapped up by Sunday. Let’s hope so. That’d also mean the Angels would be eliminated so the more the merrier.

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