Yu Darvish missed all of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. Though he is not slated to return to the Rangers' rotation until mid-May and may struggle in his initial starts, he is still a top 40 starting pitcher. As Jose Fernandez showed last season, it's possible for an ace to come back from the procedure and pitch like an ace almost immediately.
Major League Baseball has determined that Darvish had no involvement in his brother's gambling operation in Japan, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Evidently it took the commissioner's office only a few days to gather enough information to clear Darvish. With that out of the way, Darvish can focus exclusively on his recovery from Tommy John surgery. General manager Jon Daniels said earlier this week that Darvish remains on schedule in his recovery and could make it back as early as mid-May. Darvish resumed throwing from 60 feet earlier in January.
Major League Baseball will look into the recent gambling arrest of Darvish's brother, Sho Darvish, in Japan, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports. The allegations against Sho Darvish including running an illegal gambling ring that took bets on both MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball, but Darvish denies any involvement in his brother's gambling activities. MLB, meanwhile, is saying that its investigation into Darvish is just "due diligence." As far as Darvish's recovery from Tommy John surgery goes, Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail expressed optimism Wednesday, telling the Fort Worth Star Telegram, "[Darvish] is a little further along than I thought he was going to be."
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish began his throwing program on Monday, reports MLB.com. Darvish was able to make 25 throws from 45 feet and reported no issues. Darvish will continue to expand his throwing program later this week and over the next few weeks. He has not pitched this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will see a doctor later this week in the hope of being cleared to begin a throwing program, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Darvish will not pitch this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, out for the season after Tommy John surgery in March, has completed the range-of-motion portion of his rehab. The Star Telegram reported that Darvish is out of the elbow brace he's been wearing since the surgery and is working on strengthening his forearm.
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