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As expected, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will miss the entire 2015 season after electing today to undergo Tommy John surgery. Darvish’s decision came on the heels of a third and final opinion on his sore elbow from noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The surgery will be performed on Tuesday by Andrews in his Florida offices.
An initial MRI was performed on Darvish’s elbow following his first start of Spring Training against the Royals last week. Darvish had felt tightness in his triceps while warming up and threw 12 pitches in the first inning before telling anyone of the discomfort. Darvish had previously missed time last August with inflammation and soreness in his right elbow, now he will require ligament replacement surgery.
The Rangers had been holding out hope that Darvish would be able to avoid undergoing surgery and salvage his 2015 season. Can’t blame the Rangers for doing as much due diligence as possible when it comes to an injury of this magnitude, but this decision does not come as a surprise. You only get a third opinion when you don’t like what you hear the first two times.
Without Darvish, an already thin Rangers rotation will be hard pressed to stay afloat. Offseason acquisition Yovani Gallardo must take the mantle of staff ace. For a Rangers team hoping to bounce back from a last place finish in 2014, the loss of Darvish may be too much to overcome.