The Rangers aren't going to take any chances with Yu Darvish next week at Chicago, where temperatures the weather is supposed to be terrible and the Rangers pitchers will have to bat in a National League park. Those were contributing factors, along with a lingering finger issue, in the decision to push Darvish's next start to Friday.
The right-hander threw 108 pitches over six innings Friday night at Seattle, and the finger held up without any issues. Two more days, though, are only going to make it better, and he won't run the risk of neck stiffness reappearing or some sort of other injury from being in the cold air.
The Rangers are already without Matt Harrison. They don't want to lose Darvish, too.
"With Harry down, we've got to make sure we keep him right," manager Ron Washington said.
Darvish first suffered neck stiffness in spring training. It hasn't been reported by the team as an issue since he was skipped March 18.
-- Jeff Wilson