Yu Darvish has completed the first-half of his first major league season, a start less than expected. The Texas Rangers have decided to skip Darvish's final scheduled start before the All-Star break, giving him additional rest.
Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers made the decision. Darvish said he felt fine physically, but accepted the team's decision.
"The only thing we discussed was how can we maximize this guy's potential?" Washington said. "We decided to give him a break."
The Rangers will close out the first half with Martin Perez, Derek Holland and Roy Oswalt as the scheduled starters against the Twins.
Darvish is a candidate for the American League All-Star team, as he has maintained his lead in the Final Vote. If selected, Darvish will be able to pitch in the game.
Darvish has gone 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA over his first 16 starts.
Holland has reported feeling stronger since being sidelined with left shoulder fatigue. He threw a bullpen session today, and shouldn't be on a pitch count Saturday.
-- Drew Davison