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May 17, 2013

Friday pregame Rangers notes: Yu Darvish, Ian Kinsler, Colby Lewis

Manager Ron Washington said that he sent Yu Darvish out for the eighth inning Thursday night in large part because he felt Darvish was the best available pitcher the Rangers had to handle the middle of the Tigers' lineup.

Detroit sent up Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in the eighth, and Darvish set them down in order. The normal eighth-inning set-up man, Tanner Scheppers, was unavailable after pitching Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I have nothing to second-guess myself about," manager Ron Washington said.

He was also mindful of what could happen in theree of the next four games, including Friday, with Nick Tepesch, Justin Grimm and Josh Lindblom scheduled to start. The bullpen could be called upon early and often.


Second baseman Ian Kinsler was scratched from the lineup Friday because of bruised ribs. His awful slide into third base Thursday night was not the culprit.

It turns out that Kinsler has been playing with discomfort much of the past week after taking a throw to the ribs while trying to steal a base at Houston. The area was aggravated Thursday as he twisted awkwardly while trying to avoid a Justin Verlander pitch that hit him in the left shoulder.

"It's just soreness," Washington said. "Maybe it's a blessing in disguise."

Kinsler is also dealing with tenderness in his left hand after being hit by a pitch at Oakland.


Colby Lewis said that his bullpen session Friday felt normal and that he should be fine to make a rehab start Monday at Frisco.

The right-hander, who has been dealing with triceps tendinitis while finishing off his recovery from flexor-tendon surgery in July, threw 35 to 40 pitches Friday.

-- Jeff Wilson


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