Darvish (2-2) pitched six innings Friday, allowing three runs (two earned), seven hits and one walk while striking out 11 Royals in the loss. Darvish was outdueled by Royals' starter Danny Duffy, but left the game without much bad to be said about his performance. Making just his fifth start since August 2014 due to injury, Darvish amassed double-digit strikeouts for the first time since July 18, 2014. Friday also marked the right-hander's longest outing since returning, and his highest pitch total (91). The 29-year-old appears ready to pay dividends to those owners that have patiently waited for the Japanese star to return to form.
Darvish (2-1) (shoulder) mowed down nine Cubs over just 4.1 innings in Saturday's 3-1 loss, while giving up two earned runs on two hits and four walks. The returning righty certainly had his moments over his time on the mound, notching 13 swinging strikes and setting a new season high in strikeouts. The outing was Darvish's shortest on the season however, and was largely brought about by control problems that saw him equal a season high with four walks and throw 90 pitches. He'll try to get back on the winning side of the ledger on Friday versus the Royals.
Darvish (shoulder) was activated from the DL and will start Saturday's game against the Cubs, the Fort Worth Star Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports. It will be a tough matchup for the Rangers' ace's first start since June 8, but he should still be deployed in most formats. Darvish has a 2.87 ERA and 29.7 percent K-rate through three starts this year, but going deep into games has been an issue, as he is averaging just over five innings per start in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Darvish (shoulder) threw a bullpen on Wednesday and is expected to be activated off the disabled list to start on Saturday against the Cubs, Rangers Executive VP of Communications John Blake reports. Darvish will join a rotation in desperate need of depth. Along with Darvish, the Rangers currently have Derek Holland and Colby Lewis on the disabled list. Expect Darvish to be on a pitch count when he takes on the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday. He hasn't pitched since June 8.
Darvish (shoulder) could come off the DL to start Texas' second game after the All-Star break if his rehab start at Double-A Frisco on Sunday goes well, T,R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. An official decision could come as early as late Sunday, though it's more likely that Texas will wait until early in the week to see if Darvish is able to go through his between-start bullpen session without any issues. A pitcher of Darvish's caliber is usually a slam dunk lineup addition, but he'll have a tough initial draw in Wrigley against the Cubs.