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July 11, 2013

No serious health issues for Yu Darvish

An exam performed Thursday afternoon in Arlington on Yu Darvish came back clean, and Dr. Keith Meister saw no need to order an MRI or any other kind of test on the right-hander's mildly strained trapezius muscle.

The Rangers followed through on their plan to put Darvish on the disabled list, and replaced him on the roster with Joseph Ortiz. They also optioned Josh Lindblom to Triple A and replaced him with Wilmer Font, giving the Rangers 10 relivers for at least the rest of the first half. It's unlikely, though, that Ross Wolf, who was scheduled to start Thursday, will be ready until after the All-Star break.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said that Darvish will meet the team Friday in Detroit and begin a throwing program. The expectation is that Darvish will not need a rehab assignment and will be ready to pitch the first day he is eligible for reinstatement from the disabled list, July 22.

Darvish plans to attend the All-Star Game next week, even though he won't be eligible to pitch.

-- Jeff Wilson




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