As if things couldn’t get any worse for the Texas Rangers, they just did on Wednesday, as it was announced that their starting pitcher Yu Darvish would be placed on the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with right elbow inflammation.
Yu Darvish placed on disabled list with right elbow inflammation, as Rangers’ historic season of injuries trudges forward.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 13, 2014
The number of injuries scattered throughout this Rangers’ team this season has been astounding. Notable names such as Prince Fielder, Matt Harrison, Mitch Moreland, and Martin Perez have already been lost for the season, and others such as Derek Holland and Jurickson Profar have yet to step on the field. No wonder this club has been among the most disappointing in baseball.
Robbie Ross Jr. will make Darvish’s next scheduled start Thursday night against Tampa Bay. There are rumors that the Rangers may shut down their ace for the remainder of the 2014 season, considering their position at 26 games under .500, and in last place in the AL West. Texas will come out looking to compete once again in 2015, but they’ll need every inning they can get out of their talented Japanese right hander.
This season, Darvish owns a 3.06 ERA and 2.84 FIP in 144.1 innings pitched. The 27 year old is also striking out over 11 batters per 9 innings, and opponents are hitting .240 against him.