The Texas Rangers are a team that can’t seem to avoid the injury bug. The team announced on Wednesday that ace pitcher Yu Darvish will spend the next 15 days on the disabled list with a inflammation in his right elbow.
Darvish makes the 24th time the Rangers have sent a player to the DL the season. He is the sixth player that has been due to elbow inflammation. All other players that were diagnosed with inflammation are out for the season.
Due to all the injuries this season the Rangers have struggled to put together a 47-72 record. The one bright spot for their team has been when Darvish is on the mound. Over the season Darvish has put together a 10-7 record with a 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and has 182 strikeouts.
During his last outing against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Darvish experienced his second shortest outing of the season when he allowed six runs during four innings that he threw 113 pitches. He never said anything about his elbow after being taken out of the game so it’s unclear when the injury actually happened.
Darvish initially notified the team of tightness in his pitching arm after his throwing session on Monday. On Tuesday he refused saying that his body told him not to throw any balls.
For now the Rangers will call up Robbie Ross Jr. from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Darvish. During 18 games this season Ross has posted a 2-4 record with a 5.61 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts. He is scheduled to start Thursday night against Tampa Bay.