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MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH

Right-hander Yu Darvish, who has been getting a lot of attention because of his pitch selection recently, was scratched from his start Thursday against the Orioles and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, because of a mild strain in his upper right back.

He will be eligible to come off the disabled list July 22 against the Yankees.

"At this stage, it's not something we are really worried about," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "It was a little more fatigue than anything. But at this stage in the season, effectively we can give him two weeks and down and he'll only miss one start."

Darvish, who is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA, felt the pain after throwing a side session following his most previous start July 6 against Houston. He will fly back to Dallas for further evaluation Thursday and then possibly meet back up with the club for the weekend series against Detroit.

"I don't think it's a big issue, but just as a precaution, I'd rather skip a start than push it through," Darvish said in a statement.

As for the media attention regarding his pitch selection?

"Leave the pitching to me," he said.

Three days after proclaiming himself a "breaking ball pitcher," Darvish was asked Tuesday about all the attention his pitch selection has received in the American media. Darvish has been questioned about the pitch selection because it is has changed drastically from last year when he threw fastballs and cutters 64.4 percent of the time. This year that percentage is down to 54.2.

"The American media tells me what to do," Darvish said. "I don't think the Japanese media ever did that. We play a game on the field, not on a desk. And I think we are the experts about the game."

Darvish's point is that his performance has differed little. Darvish, who was scratched from his start Thursday against the Orioles and placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, because of a mild strain in his upper right back, made 18 starts this year with a May 16 130-pitch outing against Detroit being the midpoint. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list July 22 against the Yankees.

Over the first nine games, he was 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA and the Rangers won his lone no-decision. In the nine games since, he's 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA and the team is just 2-7. While there are subtle differences in his ERA and his opponents' batting average (.174 in the first nine starts; .213 since), the biggest difference is in the run support he's received. He received an average of 9.05 runs per game in the first nine; 2.76 since.

"My ERA stayed steady," he said. "If we had won those games, I don't think anybody would be saying anything."

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MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 53-38

STREAK: Lost one

PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4

NEXT: Rangers (Ross Wolf, 1-1, 1.95) at Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez, 6-3, 3.63)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Ross Wolf will start for the Rangers in the series finale at Baltimore on Thursday, replacing RHP Yu Darvish, who went on the disabled list. Wolf is 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 12 appearances this year, the past 11 of them in relief. In his lone start, he pitched five innings of one-run ball to beat the A's on May 22. He has never started against Baltimore, and he's made just one career appearance against the Orioles, when he retired the only batter he faced Monday.

--RHP Yu Darvish was scratched from his start Thursday against the Orioles and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, because of a mild strain in his upper right back. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list July 22 against the Yankees. The Rangers have not yet named a starter to replace him Thursday. "At this stage, it's not something we are really worried about," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "It was a little more fatigue than anything. But at this stage in the season, effectively we can give him two weeks and down and he'll only miss one start." Darvish, who is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA, felt the pain after throwing a side session following his most previous start July 6 against Houston. He will fly back to Dallas for further evaluation Thursday and then possibly meet back up with the club for the weekend series against Detroit. "I don't think it's a big issue, but just as a precaution, I'd rather skip a start than push it through," Darvish said in a statement.

--RHP Colby Lewis, who is recovering from right flexor pronator surgery, threw 45 pitches in live batting practice Tuesday and is scheduled to do the same Saturday in Detroit. He has attempted injury rehab assignment twice already and has not pitched since a minor league game for Memphis on May 25, allowing three runs in four innings. There is no set timetable for his return.

--RHP Alexi Ogando is still recovering from right shoulder inflammation and will make his second scheduled rehab start Thursday for Round Rock in Omaha. He is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this season, but he has not pitched since June 5. Ogando has been on the disabled list twice this season.

--RF Nelson Cruz said Wednesday he plans to play in this year's All-Star game despite being linked to the ongoing BioGenesis Clinic scandal. MLB will reportedly hand out suspensions to any players directly involved with the clinic following the All-Star game. Cruz is expected to face media scrutiny prior to the showcase. "He'll have his family there, and enjoy the experience," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "No sense in him thinking about what may happen because if he's at the All-Star Game. It certainly hasn't happened yet."

--CF Craig Gentry took batting practice for the first time Tuesday since being placed on the disabled list with a fracture in his left hand on June 23. He batted .300 for Triple-A Round Rock and is a candidate for the big league roster at some point during the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Any time you can limit the free passes, and guys just kind of get their way on base without having to work for it, that ends up killing you." -- RHP Josh Lindblom after a 6-1 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday.

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MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--RHP Yu Darvish (mild strain in upper right back) was scratched from his start July 11 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list July 22.

--RHP Colby Lewis (right flexor tendon surgery in July 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6. He began throwing live batting practice April 8, and he pitched in extended spring training May 4. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on May 9, but his rehab was then shut down due to triceps soreness. Lewis began a new rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on May 20, and he started for Round Rock on May 25. On May 28 the team shut him down due to muscular soreness in the back of his right elbow. He was given a platelet-rich-plasma injection. He threw a bullpen session June 17. He did some long-tossing June 25 in Arlington, then threw bullpen sessions in late June and early July. He threw live batting practice July 9 and will repeat it July 13.

--OF Craig Gentry (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 21. He took batting practice on the field for the first time July 9.

--LHP Matt Harrison (lower-back soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 25. He had surgery April 23 to repair a herniated disk. He underwent a second operation May 1. He was playing catch from flat ground as of mid-June and as of July 9 has started to play catch off a mound. He's hoping to throw his first bullpen session at the end of the All-Star break. He's shooting for an August return.

--RHP Nick Tepesch (inflamed right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6.

--DH Lance Berkman (inflamed left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list July 7.

--RHP Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He was out May 16-June 4 due to right biceps tendinitis. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on July 6. He is scheduled to pitch again July 11.

--INF Jeff Baker (sprained right thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13. He hit off a tee on June 25 for the first time since going on the DL. Baker stopped swinging a bat on June 30 after renewed soreness in his thumb. He received a second cortisone injection. He might be able to resume baseball activities in early July.

--LHP Michael Kirkman (recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma on right triceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 12. The cancer, which will be treated with radiation sessions, was found during a routine screening in May by Rangers doctors. He was first diagnosed with skin cancer in the same area in January 2012.

--RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 24. He has started throwing off a mound in Arizona. Feliz will throw his third bullpen session June 26 but will only throw fastballs. He is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.

ROTATION:

LHP Derek Holland

RHP Justin Grimm

LHP Martin Perez

RHP Josh Lindblom

RHP Ross Wolf

BULLPEN:

RHP Joe Nathan (closer)

RHP Jason Frasor

LHP Robbie Ross

RHP Tanner Scheppers

LHP Neal Cotts

RHP Cory Burns

RHP Joakim Soria

CATCHERS:

A.J. Pierzynski

Geovany Soto

Robinson Chirinos

INFIELDERS:

1B Mitch Moreland

2B Ian Kinsler

SS Elvis Andrus

3B Adrian Beltre

INF Jurickson Profar

OUTFIELDERS:

LF David Murphy

CF Leonys Martin

RF Nelson Cruz

OF Engel Beltre

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