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July 10, 2013

Yu Darvish hits DL, but Rangers say injury isn't serious

Right-hander Yu Darvish will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a slightly strained right trapezius muscle, but a Rangers official stressed that the injury should keep him out only of his scheduled start Thursday and the All-Star Game.

Darvish felt fatigue in his upper back after throwing a bullpen session Monday and told pitching coach Mike Maddux on Wednesday that he didn't think he would be able to pitch in the finale at Camden Yards.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine said that had the injury occurred at another point in the season, the Rangers would simply skip Darvish and not place him on the DL. But by putting him on the DL and with the move retroactive to Sunday, Darvish is expected to miss only one start and is eligible to come off the DL on July 22 for the Rangers fourth game after the All-Star break.

Darvish will fly to Arlington on Thursday for a precautionary exam with team physician Dr. Keith Meister.

The Rangers haven't named Darvish's replacement, but right-handers Ross Wolf or Neil Ramirez are the leading candidates. The Rangers could also recall a reliever and try to get by with a bullpen day.


-- Jeff Wilson

-- Jeff Wilson


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