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October 03, 2013

Rangers ace Yu Darvish given injection to help nerve issue

Right-hander Yu Darvish was given an injection of an anti-inflammatory to help calm a nerve in his back that had been affecting him since mid-August.

Darvish got the shot Wednesday and was headed back to Japan today. A long flight might not be the ideal remedy for a back issue, but the Rangers expect that Darvish will be fine for the 2014 season. They will get a checkup when he visits Arlington next month.

Darvish didn't miss a start down the stretch, though his innings were limited and he struggled with his command. The Rangers and Darvish didn't want to make the issue public.

"He wanted to take the backk every five days," Daniels said.

Daniels said that Darvish's back issue is in no way related to the issue Matt Harrison had in April, though the symptoms are similar. Both experienced a loss of strength in their legs, but the MRI results on Darvish came back showing only nerve inflammation. Harrison had a herniated disc that required two operations to get fixed.

The Rangers expect Harrison to be fully healthy by the open of spring training.

-- Jeff Wilson

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