Yu Darvish Newsbeat
Thursday, August 28, 2014
It’s Texas. Even the "baseball writer" is the Cowboys beat guy.
Earlier in the month, [Yu] Darvish’s right elbow hurt. An MRI showed inflammation, which was about the best-case scenario. The Rangers should celebrate the fact that one of baseball’s five best pitchers isn’t so myopic to think he alone can solve the woes of an injury-destroyed team that owns the game’s worst record at 52-80. Pride has killed too many arms to count.
And yet it’s still one of the prevailing currencies in baseball – in sports, really – and somehow gets conflated with wanting to win. Take Rangers manager Ron Washington, a man whose candidness is one of his greatest qualities but, on occasion, exposes his weaknesses. At one point, he lamented Darvish’s slow recovery time, saying: “So he’s got inflammation. I’ve got inflammation.”
It got a chuckle, Wash being Wash, and he later apologized for it in a radio interview with 103.3 FM in Dallas. During that same interview, of course, Washington said he wanted Darvish to come back so “he doesn’t quit on his teammates; that’s all there is to me.” And then he suggested what Darvish felt in his arm differed from the diagnosis. And the entire thing spiraled down a wormhole of ignorance to a fetid place where dogmatism and machismo foster every last bit of this nonsense…
even as sources say Darvish’s elbow has improved, and were this a different circumstance he probably would pitch, it’s important to understand this is not a different circumstance. He would need to build up arm strength, pitch a simulated game in Arizona and maybe, just maybe, make it back at the end of September for a start or two. The Rangers aren’t going to tempt Darvish’s elbow, not with the rotten team they field on a nightly basis, not with him making it past his 28th birthday sans a scar on his arm, not with his contract running through 2017.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Capping off a disappointing first year with the Rangers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is headed for season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.
There were big expectations when the Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the winter, but he ended up posting career-worsts across the board, with a .242/.340/.374 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 123 games.
And previously on Rangers General Hospital:
No official announcement has been made yet, but during a radio appearance today Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated that Yu Darvish is unlikely to pitch again this season because of an elbow injury.
Darvish was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation on August 13 and here’s what Daniels said this afternoon (via Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News):
By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don’t know that it will allow him to pitch again. I think it’s critical going into next year for us to put all these injury issues and concerns behind us as we possibly can. It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there.
There is a difference between playing when you are tired or a sore ankle vs a pitcher when he’s got an elbow issue. They are two very different things. That’s why medical staff and people like myself make these decisions. This not an emotional thing about quitting on the team. Yu has an elbow issue that fortunately looks like it won’t have a long-term impact and we’re not going to let it.
If he’s done, Darvish will finish his third MLB season with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, leading the league in strikeout rate for the second year in a row at 11.3 per nine innings.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Well, hello, hello and welcome, my friend, to Tanner’s Happy Good-byes.
In a flurry of pitching moves forced by injuries and slow rehabs, the Rangers named first-time starter Tanner Scheppers their opening day starting pitcher… Scheppers will start on March 31 against Philadelphia and will be followed by LHP Martin Perez, LHP Robbie Ross and LHP Joe Saunders. RHP Nick Martinez, who pitched at Class A and Double A last year, will have the fifth spot for the start of the season…
despite a very encouraging medical report from Dallas on Yu Darvish, the Rangers’ planned opening day starter will open the season on the DL. Darvish’s exam by Dr. Drew Dossett was deemed “unremarkable,” and there was no structural damage found near or around his neck and shoulder. He will play catch on Thursday and then a further throwing program will be devised.
In other roster news: the Rangers released RHP Tommy Hanson, rather than guaranteeing his $500,000 salary (which would have grown to $2 million on Opening Day), signed RHP Scott Baker to a minor league contract, acquired INF Donnie Murphy from the Chicago Cubs on a waiver claim and added RHP Seth Rosin (pronounced Row-Zeen), a Rule 5 pick, on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baker will go to Triple-A Round Rock to join the rotation.
The Rangers also told OF Michael Choice that he had made the club, which was probably the least surprising news of the day…
manager Ron Washington tapped Scheppers, he said, partly because of his experience pitching in high leverage situations last year as a setup man.
“He’s profiled as a No. 1 kind of guy,” Washington said of Scheppers, who had a 3.07 ERA and .208 opponents batting average in spring training while striking out 14 in 14.2 innings. “The innings he pitched last year were under a lot of pressure and I think he can handle the pressure that goes along with opening day.”
It is perhaps the most unlikely opening day rotation in Rangers history. None of the five were in the opening day rotation last year and three of the five have never made a major league start…
While Scheppers may be the most unlikely opening day starter since Craig Lefferts in 1992 [sic; it was 1993 - TDA], Martinez may be the most unlikely member of an opening day rotation in Rangers history. He was an 18th round draft choice in 2011 who had a breakthrough year in 2013 split between Myrtle Beach and Frisco. He was 10-7 with a 2.87 ERA in 119 innings at Myrtle Beach, then went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five games (four starts) at Frisco.
But he was not on the 40-man roster and was not in major league camp. He made his biggest impression with two scoreless innings of relief against Cleveland on Tuesday.
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