MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH
Right-hander Yu Darvish is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his brief major league career with a tired trapezius muscle in his upper back, but the Rangers are emphasizing this is more about getting rest than getting worried.
The Rangers, who lost to Baltimore, 3-1 on Thursday, placed him on the DL Thursday, scratching him from his scheduled start at Baltimore. While the club was in Baltimore, Darvish was examined -- and cleared -- by team physician Dr. Keith Meister. He was to rejoin the team for the final three games of the first half in Detroit while working on a throwing program and is scheduled to return to the roster July 22.
"I think it's a move of prudence," Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine said. "It's a chance to get him some rest, have him miss only one start, catch his breath and be ready to hit the ground running in the second half. We are hopeful and expect him to start on July 22.
"The report was completely normal. Last year, we did something very similar with him. This is just more noteworthy because we put him on the DL."
A year ago, the Rangers gave Darvish nearly two weeks off after making a July 1 start. He next pitched again July 14. This year, he will get 15 days.
Darvish has had a heavier workload than last year. He is averaging 109.5 pitches per game, the highest total in the majors. A year ago, he averaged 108.3 pitches per game in the first half of the season, but also pitched two fewer times. With 1,971 total pitches at this point, he's thrown 239 more pitches than he did before the All-Star break last year.
Levine said the problem has not been a factor in Darvish's recent starts. Darvish apparently felt some "fatigue" during his regular bullpen session Monday. He tried another round of catch Wednesday, but felt he would not be able to pitch.
Since he was selected to the American League All-Star team, he is still planning to attend the game in New York, but will not participate. Tampa Bay's Matt Moore was named to replace him.
"I don't think this is a big issue," Darvish said in a statement released by the Rangers. "It's just a precaution, but I'd rather miss one start than push through it."
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Rangers (Justin Grimm, 7-6, 5.88) at Tigers (Doug Fister, 6-5, 4.07)
--RHP Justin Grimm, who will start Friday against Detroit, did not get a decision Sunday against the Astros after allowing just three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks over six innings. He has not gotten through the sixth inning in six of his past seven starts and allowed three or more runs in that span. He still leads American League rookies in wins (seven) and innings (85 2/3). Grimm is 1-1 with 9.39 ERA in two career starts against Detroit.
--RHP Yu Darvish was examined by the team physician in Dallas and there was no further damage with the mild strain in his upper right back, assistant general manager Thad Levine said Thursday. As a result, there was no need to perform an MRI and Darvish is expected to rejoin the team in Detroit on Friday. Darvish will also travel to the All-Star game in New York but he will not pitch. However, he is expected to be available for his next scheduled start July 22 against the Yankees. "It was as good of news as we could have gotten," Levine said. Darvish, who is on the disabled list, was replaced by Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore on the American League All-Star roster.
--RHP Ross Wolf into was forced an emergency start Thursday against Baltimore after RHP Yu Darvish went on the 15-day disabled list the previous night with a strained back. Wolf was effective and allowed just two runs on Chris Davis and Brian Roberts homers in six innings. He limited Baltimore to three hits and one walk while striking out three. "I felt fine," Wolf said. "I made two mistakes, and those hitters are supposed to do what they do with mistakes. I felt fine. Unfortunately, we didn't come out with the win. The two solo shots kind of beat us, but other than that, we kept them off-balance."
--RHP Josh Lindblom was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday after struggling the previous night in his start against the Orioles. Lindblom (1-3, 5.46) gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out one in the 6-1 loss.
--LHP Joseph Ortiz was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles. Ortiz has been with the Rangers three times already this season, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in relief. He last appeared Sunday against Omaha when he picked up the save after throwing two scoreless innings.
--RHP Wilmer Font got promoted from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday for the first time this season. He made his major league debut with the Rangers last season, allowing two runs in two innings in three appearances. This year, he is a combined 2-2 with 11 saves and 1.27 ERA in 30 combined relief appearances for Double-A Frisco and Round Rock.
--RHP Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) made his second rehab start Thursday, allowing four runs in four innings for Triple-A Round Rock. He is expected to make at least one more, possibly two, before being activated.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "(Wolf) kept us in the ballgame. I'm very happy with him. He did what his job was today. We needed him today, and he gave us what we needed out of him. We just didn't put enough runs on the board." -- Manager Ron Washington, on RHP Ross Wolf, who started and took the loss against Baltimore, 3-1, on Thursday.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Yu Darvish (mild right upper back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7. He hopes to be activated as soon as he is eligible.
--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. He is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment July 14.
--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.
--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 is expected to take batting practice the weekend of July 13-14 and could rejoin the active roster shortly after the start of the second half.
--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.
LHP Derek Holland
RHP Justin Grimm
LHP Martin Perez
RHP Ross Wolf
RHP Joe Nathan (closer)
RHP Jason Frasor
LHP Robbie Ross
RHP Tanner Scheppers
LHP Neal Cotts
RHP Cory Burns
RHP Joakim Soria
LHP Joseph Ortiz
RHP Wilmer Font
1B Mitch Moreland
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
3B Adrian Beltre
INF Jurickson Profar
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin
RF Nelson Cruz
OF Engel Beltre